22 December 2011

22 December - O Rex Gentium

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

The antiphon today is O Rex Gentium (O King of the Gentiles).

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

O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof!
O Corner-stone, that makest of two one,
come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth!

Hans Memling, Christ Surrounded by Musician Angels, 1480s, Koninklijk Museum vor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp.