7. O Emmanuel

Today we reach the culmination of the ‘O’ Antiphons with O Emmanuel. It is no accident that what is many people’s favourite antiphon (or verse of the carol!) comes last. It is the summary of the Incarnation- the name Emmanuel means God with us.

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5. O Morning Star O Oriens

My Miss F at two and a half doesn’t understand much about Christmas. But as we pass houses brashly covered in flashing decoration and trees more delicately decorated with fairy lights, she points and exclaims, ‘Criss-mass!’

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