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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2. O Lord O Adonai

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Our God has a name so holy that many refuse to even utter it. Where that name is used in the Jewish scriptures, our English Bibles translate it as ‘LORD’. It is the personal name for God, one revealed to Moses as ‘I am who I am.’

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