Thursday, December 23, 2004


The Seventh of the "O" Antiphons

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

It is the day before the Holy Night; expectation turns into joy at the certainty of imminent fulfillment. As if drawing a joyful breath after long suspense the Church prays at sunrise: "Behold, all things spoken by the angel of the Virgin Mary are now fulfilled." How humanly sensitive the liturgy is! After weeks of intense longing, our souls are relieved by the quiet certainty of fulfillment.
"The Church's Year of Grace" vol. I, -Rev. Dr. Pius Parsch.