O Emmanuel, our King and Law-giver, desired of the nations and their salvation, come and save us, Lord our God.
“O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The Lord himself will give you this sign: the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”(7:14). Remember “Emmanuel” means “God is with us.”
Jesus Emmanuel has already come.
It is not a matter now of Christ’s
being where we are; it is a matter of
our being in the consciousness of
where Christ is in life and where He
is not as well. Where is Christ for
you? Is there a place in your life that
you know down deep is not in the
spirit of Christ at all?
— Joan D. Chittister, OSB
Reflections on the O Antiphon:
iBenedictines - Our need of God
Blue Eyed Ennis - O Emmanuel
Wellspring - O Antiphon Reflections
Dating God - O Come Emmanuel
Fr Z - O Emmanuel