O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God.
O King of the Nations, and their Desire; the Cornerstone who makes both one: Come and save mankind, whom you formed out of clay.
O Day-Spring, Brightness of Light everlasting, and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten him who sits in darkness and the shadow of death.
O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel; that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth: Come and bring the prisoner out of the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and the shadow of death.
O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not.
O Adonai and Leader of the house of Israel, who appeared in the bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the Law in Sinai: Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.
O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, and reachest from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
Starting tomorrow I will begin posting the Advent Antiphons, a small part of the rich heritage of the Church as it celebrates this season. The antiphons, which date from the 12th century, were originally written to be sung opposite the Virgin’s song of praise, the Magnificat. So, to set the mood, as it were, for the next week of posts…
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.
His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm:
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
and the rich He has sent empty away.
He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy;
As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His posterity forever.