Veni Veni Emmanuel

For my Christian readers, especially those who are Catholic or Anglican, here’s something old school to celebrate the coming of Christmas with.

Domine, ad adiuvandum me festina. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen. Alleluia.

It is after the last week of Advent.

Veni Veni, Emmanuel

It is a metrical version of the Antiphon, O Emmanuel and dates back to at least the 12th century.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

That particular antiphon would be sung, chanted, or recited at Vespers on December 23rd and is the final in the series of “O Antiphons.”

So enjoy a bit of the past and its grace and majesty, my friends and other readers. Worry yourselves not one bit over the Pagan who’s so familiar with traditions that you’ve long ago cast aside. 😉

Merry Christmas!

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