Second Day of the O Antiphons: O Come, Thou Lord of Might

How will God come to us?  
At St. Mary’s today we will offer this question as an oblation, a prayer that offers our lives to God, especially each day this final week of Advent.
As we listen for the answer, we are invited to sing the O Antiphon appointed for the day.  Today we will sing the verse for December 18, verse 4, before and after praying Mary’s Song.

O come, O come, thou Lord of Might,

Who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
My soul proclaims your greatness, O God; 
My spirit rejoices in you, my Savior, 
For you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed; 
You, the Almighty, have done great things for me, and holy is your Name.
You have mercy on those who fear you from generation to generation.
You, O God, have shown strength with your arm, 
And scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, 
For you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, to Abraham, Sarah and their children for ever.
O come, O come, thou Lord of Might,
Who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times didst give the law,
In cloud, and majesty, and awe.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

How will God come to us?
Rejoice!  Rejoice! 
Emmanuel, that is, God is with us.
Israel, that is, God prevails.

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