Today the Church prays the final of the Great O Antiphons. It’s the one most people are familiar with, whether they know it or not:
Latin: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.
English: Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God! (Is 7:14)
Audio: http://www.fisheaters.com/audio/emmanuel.mp3 (Yes, Fisheaters… Rad Trad site… I use it for the content like this – sung antiphons in Latin – that I can’t find easily anywhere else.)
This of course is the first verse of the omnipresent Advent hymn “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”
For the record… can things get any clearer than this?
The Prophet says: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.” (Is 7:14)
And then, in the Gospels, a virgin named Mary conceives by the Holy Spirit a Son named, amongst other names, Emmanuel. Can I get a fulfillment of a prophecy please? Hellooo?
So, we take the first letters of each of the O Antiphons:
Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, Emmanuel
And we spell them… backwards, and get: “ERO CRAS,” meaning:
“Tomorrow, I will come.”