Antiphon: O Emmanuel

December 21, 2020
Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, Mercy, we pray the O Antiphon:

“O Emmanuel, God with us, come to save us.” 

The prayer itself appears a contradiction. If God is with us, why need He come? 

If we are already saved, why need we pray for salvation? 

It is because we very human beings FORGET! 

Our pleading is not for God’s sake; it is for our own – to wake us and focus us on the amazing reality that God wants to be with every one of us every moment of our lives if we will just open those moments to God. 

Think about what you have missed of God’s Presence in your life? Even just yesterday … last week … last year …your lifetime! Wow!

I know that, so often, I thought I was doing this all alone.

O, God With Me,
how blind I have been!
O Emmanuel,

open my heart to your Presence
in myself and in all Creation.

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!


Music: Michael G. Hegeman

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