O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all Nations, and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.
O Day-spring, Brightest of Light Everlasting, and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten him that sitteth 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 loose the prisoner from the prison house, and him that sitteth in darkness, from the shadow of death.
O Root of Jesse,which standest for an ensign of the peoples, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us and tarry not.
O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel,
Who appearedst unto Moses in a flame of fire in the bush,
and gavest unto him the Law of Sinai:
Come redeem us with a stretched-out arm.
O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth 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.
For centuries, the Church has marked these last days of Advent with special antiphons, which were sung during Evening Prayer after the Magnificat. These antiphons are best known today through John Mason Neale’s metrical translation O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
Until tomorrow’s first antiphon, and to set the stage liturgically, please enjoy this setting of the Magnificat.