This Article was taken (in December 2012) from
The Liturgical Year, Volume 1; Advent, 23 December,
by Dom Guéranger, O.S.B.
O Emmanuel ! King of Peace! Thou enterest today the city of Thy predilection, the city in which Thou hast placed Thy Temple - Jerusalem. A few years hence, the same city will give Thee Thy Cross and Thy Sepulchre: nay, the day will come on which Thou wilt set up Thy Judgement-Seat within sight of her walls.
But today Thou enterest the city of David and Solomon unnoticed and unknown. It lies on Thy road to Bethlehem. Thy Blessed Mother and Joseph, her spouse, would not lose the opportunity of visiting the Temple, there to offer to the Lord their prayers and adoration.
They enter; and then, for the first time, is accomplished the prophecy of Aggeus, that great shall be the glory of this last house more than of the first; for this second Temple has now standing within it an Ark of the Covenant more precious than was that which Moses built; and within this Ark, which is Mary, is contained the God whose presence makes her the Holiest of Sanctuaries.
The Lawgiver Himself is in this Blessed Ark, and not merely, as in that of old, the Tablet of Stone on which the Law was graven. The visit paid, our living Ark descends the steps of the Temple, and sets out once more for Bethlehem, where other prophecies are to be fulfilled.
And, now, the hour is near; all is ready for Thy Birth; come then, and save us; come, that Thou mayst not only be called our Emmanuel, but our Jesus, that is, He that saves us.
"Tomorrow I Will Be !"