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                                         The "O Antiphons"

December 17: (O Sapientia) O WISDOM, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: Come, teach us the way of prudence. Sirach 24:2; Wisdom 8:1. Symbols: oil lamp, open book.

December 18: (O Adonai) O LORD AND RULER of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come, and redeem us with outstretched arm. Exodus 3:2, 20:1. Symbols: burning bush, stone tablets.

December 19: (O Radix Jesse) O ROOT OF JESSE, who stands for an ensign of the people, before whom kings shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: Come to deliver us, and tarry not. Isaiah 11:1-3. Symbol: vine or plant with flower (especially a rose).

December 20: (O Clavis David) O KEY OF DAVID, and Scepter of the House of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: Come, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death. Isaiah 22:22. Symbols: key; broken chains.

December 21: (O Oriens) O DAWN OF THE EAST, brightness of the light eternal, and Sun of Justice: Come, and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Psalm 19:6-7. Symbol: rising sun.

December 22: (O Rex Gentium) O KING OF THE GENTILES and the desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one: Come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth. Psalm 2:7-8, Ephesians 2:14-20. Symbols: Crown, scepter.

December 23: (O Emmanuel) O EMMANUEL, God with us, our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: Come to save us, O Lord our God. Isaiah 7:14; 33:22. Symbols: tablets of stone, Chalice and Host.

Closing Prayer:

We come here to call on our God to come to us, to be with us. The title Emmanuel, God-with-us, was given to Christ many centuries ago by the prophet Isaiah. Emmanuel symbolizes God's great love for us -- so great that God put aside His Divinity and took on our humanity. We pray for our God to draw closer to us, especially in the Eucharist, as individuals and as members of a community. We assemble before God as representatives of the people of the earth, eager to see peace and justice reign on the face of our troubled world. We pray to the Father, for the coming of the Son, through the working of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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