Friday, December 23, 2011

O Emmanuel

On Friday 23rd December we celebrate O Emmanuel

Emmanuel means God with us
Celebrating at home Read Isaiah 7:14 spend time reflecting on the words of the Antiphon.
Click mp3 to open a separate page and link to the Latin chant.
ENGLISH: 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.

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

Celebrating with children
Find and read Isaiah 7:14 the message that we hear in Luke is about Mary who will have a son and that she will call him Emmanuel which means God is with us.  What can we do to get ready for Jesus. 

You might sing the verse from the hymn O Come Emmanuel
O come, o come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

A secret message
If you look back at the letters of the Antiphons starting with today Emmanuel and going backwards it spells in Latin ERO CRAS which means Tomorrow I will be