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


O Adonai


From the Breviary:

Adonai, et dux domus Israel,
qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,
who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:
Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.

From the Lectionary Cycle:

Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in bracchio extento.

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

From the Hymn:

Veni, Veni, Adonai, qui populo in Sinai
legem dedisti vertice in maiestate gloriae.

O Come, O Come, Thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times didst give the law,
in cloud, and majesty, and awe.

This Evening the Antiphon for the Magnificat is O Adonai… The term adonai is the word that the Jewish People called God, he was their adonai, Sacred Lord, Master of All, their Majesty. They so reverenced the name of God that one has to wonder why we do not any more? They were scared that if they mentioned the name of God they would use it unworthily, that they would be profaning his sacred name. And now when we go out of our homes we hear his name used for anything and everything, we hear that his last name is Da*nit, We hear his son’s name used when someone scares someone, when someone slams their finger in the door “JESUS CHRIST!” or just Christ. At what point did we begin to have such disregard for the Lord’s name? Let us take today as a chance to go back to our respect of his name, let us join with our Jewish brethren in exclaiming O Majesty! O Sacred Lord! O Master of All! O Adonai!

The Church remembers today: the giving of the law to Moses, the law that we are born with written on our hearts, and the power of God to deliver us from slavery to Satan.

Scripture References to O Adonai:

Exodus 3:2

Isaiah 33:2263:11-12

Micah 6:4

Acts 7:30-31