O Emmanuel

December 23

 

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ANTIPHON

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of All Nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

READING

From Isaiah chapters 7 and 33:

Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.

Indeed the Lord will be there with us, majestic. Yes, the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us.

COLLECT

O come, O come Emmanuel! Come in your glory and tabernacle among us once again. Guard our faith as we wait, open our eyes to see the signs of your advent, and our ears to hear in the groans of creation the promise of its freedom at your return. Amen

HYMN

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

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