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
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 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 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!