antiphons & my favorite christmas carol

December 8, 2007


Oh, how I love the layers (in life, in art, in redemption … and almost all respectable desserts).  Turns out, one of my all-time favorite Christmas carols is even more dense (and deserving) than I knew.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel — founded on the seven refrains of the early church practice: “O Antiphons” —  points to seven different names for the Messiah while (at the same time) referring to Isaiah’s prophecy about Christ.  (Specifically, the seven verses of the song correlate respectively with the following: Wisdom, Lord, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Morning Star, King of the Nations, Emmanuel.)

 A lot of times when I am among the gathered community of faith (in Christ), I have the distinct feeling that I am a saturated-sponge — simply incapable of taking it all in.  Discoveries like this only add to the “all” …


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