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O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:n
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O Rex Gentium

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
O come, Desire of Nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind.
O bid our sad divisons cease.
And be for us our King of Peace.

O Oriens

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

O Clavis David

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;
qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
claudis, et nemo aperit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice ! Rejoice ! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O Radix Jesse

O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
Super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem mgetes debrecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos,
jam noli tardare.

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
O come, O Rod of Jesse free,
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.

O Adonai

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti,
veni ad redimendm nos in brachi extento.

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

From O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:
O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty, and awe.

O Sapientia

For nearly 1200 years the Roman Church has been chanting the O Antiphons as the way to count down the days from December 17th to the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord. Acclamations to the pre-existent Eternal Word are drawn from imagery of the prophetic tradition of ancient Israel. As we wait to proclaim the Incarnation of the Eternal Word in Jesus who is Emmanuel, may we count down the days in eager anticipation for that solemn moment when we profess our faith: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. O come O come Emmanuel!

Sunday AfterWords: The Illuminated Page

During these final days of Advent, I continue to make a part of my prayer the collection of icons at the Chrysler Museum. Today I spent time pondering the Mother of God and her relationship to the mystery of the Nativity.

Ivory from the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ivory from the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia.

After all Mary is an important dimension of our Advent spirituality. In fact the Proper appointed for this Sunday Mass and the Gospel of the Visitation point to the Virgin Mother.

Skies let the just one come forth like the dew, let him descend from the clouds like the rain. The earth will open up and give birth to our Savior.

The Chrysler museum has a beautiful manuscript illumination of the Liturgy of the hours.

Liturgy of the Hours, manuscript in the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Liturgy of the Hours, manuscript in the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

In the museum of the San Marco monastery in Florence are beautiful manuscripts. These manuscript illuminations radiate the beauty of the Annunciation as well as the coming solemnities of the Nativity and Epiphany.

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I spent some time caught up in the beauty of the illuminated pages. Just as icons radiate a light from within so too for me the illuminated page manifests an interior radiance that reminds me of the “O” Antiphon:

Radiant dawn splendor of eternal light, Sun of Justice,
Come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

This is a fascinating short video from the Getty Museum on how illuminated manuscripts are made.

Finally, here is a lovely medieval setting of the Ave Maria. This chant can move our hearts to honor the Virgin Mother of God who gave birth to the Savior of the race.