Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”
The O Antiphons reflections end today with O Emmanuel or God with us. 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 23 Antiphon
O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.
Symbol: The manger reminds us of the simplicity and poverty surrounding the birth of Jesus and is representative of His life of humility (Image Source: Catholic Culture).
“From the moment of the Incarnation, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Blessed Virgin Mary, she held within her womb the Word of God in the flesh, who is the true manna in the Most Holy Eucharist. Emmanuel, God with us, loves us with an intensity that is beyond our human comprehension, but we can begin to grasp it when we approach Him in the Blessed Sacrament, and receive Him into ourselves. Wherever the sanctuary light burns, He is there with us, but He is even closer to us when we receive Him, so that He can begin to transform us in Himself” (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 VII: Immanuel. May it provide an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on how we can better prepare to receive Jesus in order to be more transformed into his likeness.
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