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O Antiphons – Messianic Titles

If we arrange the titles of the O Antiphons in reverse order, we receive a lovely message:  ero cras, Latin for “tomorrow, I will come.”  Take a look at the chart below:

MESSIANIC TITLES OF THE “O” ANTIPHONS

Date

Title

Language

Translation

Dec 17th

Sapientia

Latin

Wisdom

Dec 18th

Adonai

Hebrew

LORD

Dec 19th

Radix Jesse

Latin

Flower of Jesse

Dec 20th

Clavis David

Latin

Key of David

Dec 21st

Oriens

Latin

Radiant Dawn

Dec 22nd

Rex Gentium

Latin

King of Nations

Dec 23rd

Emmanuel

Hebrew

God-with-us

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(at right is shown the star marking the place in Bethlehem where Christ entered the world)

Tomorrow indeed our Lord comes to us.  He comes not as a conquering hero, but rather, as a vulnerable, darling child born in a cave.  Kept warm by the livestock that share their shelter with Him.  God has touched our world — and changed it forever.

Merry Christmas to all of you – please remember to keep the “Mass” in Christmas.  We’d love to celebrate this holy event with you at Mass.  God bless you who seek the one who comes.

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O Antiphons – Emmanuel – Dec 23

The final O antiphon appears tonight.  The title of our God that is truly remarkable:  God-with-us, or in Hebrew, Emmanuel.  How blessed we are that the Creator of everything chooses to become part of His creation; to enter into this world as one of us.

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

Blessed are we to have such a God!  How marvelous is our Lord Jesus who enters our world to save us!

It is only through love that our God comes to us as one of our own.  The creator becoming a creature is a truly humbling thing, if we spend a moment and think about that.

Any among you that have artistic talent can relate to how remarkable this is:  when you paint or sculpt or throw pottery do you ever wlionlamb1ish to that you could enter the piece?

Of course inanimate objects aren’t the same as people; but it gives us a glimpse into the love that is beyond our understanding that motivates our God to send his Son to us, to die for us, and to save us.

Blessed by the Lord, the God of Israel, He maintains all things and keep the world spinning at every moment.  Thank you for the gift of You!

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