23 December 2011

23 December - O Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

The final antiphon of the Golden Nights is O Emmanuel (O God-With-Us).

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

O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver,
Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof,
Come to save us, O Lord our God!

Rejoice!  Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Artwork: Theotokos, 12th century, Hagia Sophia, Istambul