O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation:
come and save us, O Lord our God.
Divine Worship: The Missal
‘The last of the seven titles of Jesus before the Vigil of Christmastide is without doubt the most beautiful of all. Emmanuel: God-with-us. Both in the sound of the word and its meaning, the Christian mystery is summed up succinctly and mellifluently. In Jesus, God is personally present to the world. On the eve of the Nativity ‘Emmanuel’ is telling those who wait for God that he is closer than they could possibly imagine. In that name God and man are hyphenated, conjoined forever, just as God’s nature and ours are joined in the one to whom the name belongs. God, through his Son, with us in Jesus the man. The marvellous depth of the incarnation is given here for our contemplation in a single word. As long as our capacity for wonder lasts, the wonder of this miracle will never be exhausted’.
from Seven Bells to Bethlehem: The O Antiphons by Fr Oliver Treanor
Fr Lee Kenyon