O Emmanuel Seventh O Antiphon Reflection 2011

The seventh and final O Antiphon addresses the Messiah with the title of Emmanuel which means "God is with us."

Isaiah had prophesied, “The Lord himself will give you this sign: the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” 

The Antiphon is :

O Emmanuel: “O Emmanuel, King and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Saviour of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.” 

Those Clever Medieval Benedictine monks arranged the O antiphons so that if one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one -  

Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia -

the Latin words Ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” 

I have found that reflecting on The “O Antiphons this week a pretty intense experience, but apparently that is one of their intended functions.

In fact there have been a few times during Advent  when I have wondered if I have been talking to myself.......

 This whole idea of seeing through a glass darkly has been a problem too....

                                                                     Cartoons sheep images from www.sheepdotcom.com

                                              But...... somewhere along the way ............

"What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race, the light shines in the darkness , and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1; 3-5

 Light images above  by artist Bruce Munro

The hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel contains all seven of the Messianic titles used in the O antiphons.

Bonus treat : two versions of the hymn of O Emmanuel.

This one is sung a capella by some members of the Spanish choir of The Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels , Los Angeles , California, with still footage from the film of The Nativity.

                   So I guess I am as ready as I'll ever be to say O Come O Come Emmanuel..

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