The 6th Great Antiphon: O Rex Gentium — King of All the Nations

Christ is the cornerstone — a sure foundation

The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Rex Gentium or O King of All Nations. Read more about the rich history of all seven O Antiphons, a great treasure of the Advent season: The Great Antiphons & the Rich History of O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

December 22 Antiphon

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.

Symbol: The Crown and Scepter signify Christ’s universal kingship. As we sing in the fifth O Antiphon, Christ is not only the King of the Jewish nation, but the “Desired One of all,” the cornerstone which unites both Jew and Gentile (Image Source: Catholic Culture).

“The Baltimore Catechism asks ‘Why did God make you?’ The answer, while straightforward, is also profound: He made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this life, and to be happy with Him forever in the next. He chose to come to us as an Infant, because it is easy to love infants. May He grant us the grace this Christmas to lay down our hearts and our very lives in adoration before our Newborn King, who holds out a hand to each of us, inviting us to allow Him to satisfy the desires of our hearts.” (Reflection written by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)

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In the twentieth century, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt set a German translation of these antiphons for choral use under the title Magnificat Antiphonen. Here is his Antiphonen VI: O König Aller Völker. May it provide an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on how Christ is our hope and cornerstone — the foundation in our hearts and homes.


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