‘O’ Antiphon for December 23

O Emmanuel, our king and our Lord, the anointed for the nations and their Savior:
          Come and save us, O Lord our God.

“O come, O come, Emmanuel,/And ransom captive Israel,/That mourns in lonely exile here/Until the Son of God appear” (LSB 357:1)

Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

As you know, if you read the first post, using the first letter of each Name for Christ, beginning with Emmanuel, and going back to Wisdom (Sapientia), it spells out ERO CRAS, or “I come tomorrow.”  Alternately, sometimes the Antiphons were moved back a day, starting on December 16, and the last one was O Virgo virginum (O Virgin of virgins).  Thus, the acrostic was VERO CRAS, or “truly, tomorrow.”  A blessed celebration of our Lord’s Nativity to you!

Pr. Timothy Winterstein


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