Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 22 O Antiphon

December 22, O King of the Gentiles

Pray with your family:
O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one.  Come, and save man whom you fashioned out of clay.
Readings:
Isaiah 28:16: "Therefore, thus says the Lord God: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, a precious cornerstone as a sure foundation".
Ephesians 2:14: "He it is who is our peace, and who made the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart".

Sing with your family:
O come, o come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

 
CHORUS: 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Desire of nations, bind,
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of peace.

 
CHORUS: 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!


Commentary:
Jesus is not merely the King of the Jews, but also the King of the Gentiles (non-Jews).  Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lord, forever and ever (to steal a bit from Handel).

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