December 18, 2022

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18 December 2022
Fourth Sunday Advent

Ordinary Form
Isaiah 7,10-14
Psalm 24,1-2.3-4.5-6
Romans 1,1-7
Matthew 1,18-24

Extraordinary Form
1Corinthians 4,1-5
Luke 3,1-6/p>

“Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son: and His Name shall be called Emmanuel.”
Isaiah 7,14

This Alleluia verse for the Ordinary Form is also the Communion verse for the Extraordinary Form on this Fourth and final Sunday of Advent. The same verse is actually quoted today in the Ordinary Form in Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 1, verse 23. In all the Holy Bible the title Emmanuel or Immanuel appears only twice in Isaiah and once in Matthew. In combination with another verse from Isaiah we will hear it again on December 23 at the Alleluia in Holy Mass and at the Magnificat antiphon in Evening Prayer:

“O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the desire of the nations and the Savior thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God.”
Isaiah 7,14; 33,22

On the last seven days of Advent, the Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers invoke seven prophecies about the Messi-ah. In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite they also are used in the Alleluia verse before the Gospel.

17 December: O Sapientia (O Wisdom) Isaiah 11,2-3
18 December: O Adonai (O Lord) Isaiah 11,4-5
19 December: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) Isaiah 11,1
20 December: O Clavis David (O Key of David) Isaiah 22,22
21 December: O Oriens (O Dayspring) Isaiah 9,1
22 December: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations) Isaiah 9,5
23 December: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God) Isaiah 7,14

They are known as the “O Antiphons” or the “Great Advent Antiphons”. We know them well in the English hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. If you take the first letter of each title in reverse order - Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia - the Latin words “ero cras” are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.”

Come, Lord Jesus!
Rev. Christopher J. Pollard