O Emmanuel!


O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos,
Domines, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations, Savior of all people:
Come and set us free, Lord our God.

Lectionary Cycle:

Emmanuel, rex et legifer noster:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our King, and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio, privatus Dei Filio.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

O Emmanuel, the name means God-is-with-us. Today, the church calls to mind what will happen tomorrow night. Our Savior, the Christ Child will be born. When Christ was born in that lowly stable in Bethlehem all of those years ago, he came not as  a mighty king riding astride a white horse with a vast army marching behind him, nor did he come and strike down the sinners and those who did evil with a flick of his finger. No, Christ came to us as a lowly child, he came as a newborn baby, a sweet, innocent little baby, born in a stable to a poor carpenter and his newly married young wife. One can only imagine what they thought, when he was born to them on that starry night. Christ came to set the world on fire for his Father, he came to call sinners home and to reconcile a world that was full of misery, sadness, and sin. Christ came to us, God came to us, and through him we have been redeemed. What a more wonderful Christmas gift, than to receive the Christ-Child into our hearts and homes tomorrow night. If you haven’t gone to confession yet, see if your priest can get you in. If you didn’t plan on going to Mass, open up a new tab and look up Catholic Churches nearby right now!! Get up, prepare yourself for your salvation is at hand Christian Soul! Wisdom comes, Our Sacred Lord comes, The Flower of Jesse’s Stem comes, The Key of David comes, The Radiant Dawn comes, The King of all the Nations come, Behold! Christ comes, The Emmanuel, God-is-with-us!

Scriptural References for O Emmanuel:

Isaiah 7:14

Matthew 1:23

1 Timothy 4:9


Published by Father Corey D. Bruns

I'm a Priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, KY and Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bowling Green, KY.

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