Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: O Emmanuel

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.

Today is the last of the O Antiphons. I hope you enjoyed joining me on this journey of prayer and expectation for the coming of Christmas.

December 23rd: O Emmanuel

“O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God.”

Click here to hear this antiphon in Latin.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

May Emmanuel, the God who is with us always, He who has breathed his very breath into all living things and promises to never leave or forsake those which are his, come to each of us this day and be seen and present with us.

Rejoicing in the journey - Bethany Stedman