This is the seventh of our series of short messages on each of the Great Advent Antiphons, used on the last seven days of advent.
O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Emmanuel means God with us. We are waiting for God to take on human form and live among us.
At Advent we anticipate three arrivals:
• celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas – when God was ‘contracted to a span’ with all of its mind-blowing implications
• looking forward to the second coming of Christ to bring peace to all peoples and reconcile us to God
• and preparing ourselves for Christ dwelling within us here and now