Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: O Rex Gentium

The O Antiphons are a set of liturgical prayers prayed during evening prayers over the last few days of Advent. They are a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming, so I’m sharing them with you each day for the next week, along with some scripture verses and my own short prayer for each day. Read this post to learn more about the O Antiphons.

December 22nd: O Rex Gentium

“O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.”

Click here to hear this antiphon in Latin.

“For a child has been born for us, a son given us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah 2:4)

May the King of ALL, Christ Jesus, who alone has been given authority over all, the bearer of power and the bringer of peace, come to each of us this day.

Rejoicing in the journey - Bethany Stedman