The last O Antiphon is “O come Emmanuel.” Our destiny resounds in the voice of Elizabeth as she is filled with the Holy Spirit announces “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

The appointed time has come! “May it be done according to His holy Word.”

After today, we begin the great vigil of Christmas. We will greet the rising of the sun as a prelude to the Christmas dawning. We have done all we can do to prepare. All that is left is to anticipate with joyful faith the glorious coming into our hearts of Jesus the Lord.

“O come Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the hope of all the nations and their savior: come and save us, Lord our God.”