O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations, and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Isaiah vii. 14, viii. 8, xxxii. 1; Psalm lxxii; Genesis xlix. 10; Haggai ii. 7; Luke i. 71, 74, 75.
O Lord Jesu Christ, Who wast foretold as the king in whom God would manifest his presence, Who should reign in righteousness, bringing peace and happiness to all peoples; Thou art Thyself indeed Emmanuel, the very Son and Word of God made man: Come, we pray Thee, by Thy grace, and reign over us, so saving us from our spiritual enemies and from the hand of all that hate us, that we may serve Thee without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life.
This and following paraphrases from The Advent Antiphons, by A. C. A. Hall, Bishop of Vermont, 1914
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