The “O” Antiphons

These very ancient verses, probably dating from at least the sixth century, are used in daily prayer in the last days of Advent.

The hymn O come, O come Emmanuel is a paraphrase of them.

The titles given to the Messiah are all to be found in prophecy.

O Rex Gentium 22 December

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

Rex King Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 2:4

As we await the coming of our Lord, we pray “Even so come, Lord Jesus”