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Friday, December 23, 2005

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

(Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Nations, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!)

**This is the last day of the Great O Antiphons sung at Vespers. A device employed in literature throughout the centuries is the "acrostic." This is a clever way of expressing a truth by means of looking at the first letters of the sentences which make it up (I'm sure tyhe Oxford Dixtionary would provide a better definition). The O Antiphons draw upon the prophesies of Isaiah and Micah, and make a famous acrostic:

Emmanuel
Rex Gentium
Oriens

Clavis David
Radix Jesse
Adonai
Sapientia

"ERO CRAS." "I shall be [here] tomorrow."

Venite Adoremus.

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