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Friday, 23 December 2016

The Great O Antiphons. 23 December.

Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

"The Adoration of The Shepherds".
Artist: Gerard van Honthorst (1590–1656).
Date: 25 December 1622.
Current location: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum,
Cologne, Germany.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei.
DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202
Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
(Wikimedia Commons)

"O Emmanuel".
The Great O Antiphon
for 23 December.
Available on YouTube at

23 December: Isaias vii. 14, xxxiii. 22.

O Emmanuel,
Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium,
et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos,
Domine Deus noster.

O Emmanuel,
our King and Lawgiver,
the expected of the nations
and their Saviour,
come to save us,
O Lord our God.

V. Rorate.

"Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justium . . ."

"Ye heavens, drop down from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One."

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