Friday, 23 December 2016

O Emmanuel (December 23)

The Annunciation, by Jacopo Torriti, Santa Maria Maggiore.

At Lauds today the canticle antiphon announces that all the things the angel announced have been completed; all that remains is the birth of Christ.  At Vespers today, the final O antiphon is O Emmanuel:
O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and Salvation thereof; come to save us, O Lord our God!
Let us pray therefore that all might be filled with the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of wisdom...

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