O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The popular Advent hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is based on the O Antiphons. Here are the verses with their connection to the antiphon of each day.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
O Emmanuel (December 23)

God with Us

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
Who orderest all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And teach us in her ways to go.
O Sapientia (December 17)

O Wisdom

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory over the grave.
O Radix Jesse (December 19)

O Root of Jesse

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
O Oriens (December 21)

O Radiant Dawn, O Dayspring

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
O Clavis David (December 20)

O Key of David

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times once gave the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.
O Adonai (December 18)

O Lord

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
O Rex Gentium (December 22)

O King of the Nations

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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