O Antiphon for December 23: “O Emmanuel”
The O Antiphon for December 23, “O Emmanuel,” is drawn from Isaiah 7:14. “Emmanuel” means “God with us.”
Latin: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.
English: O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.
The manger reminds us of the simplicity and poverty surrounding the birth of Jesus and is representative of His life of humility.