Thursday, December 22, 2011

O Rex Gentium (O King of Nations)

O Antiphon text:

O King of the gentiles
and their desired One,
the cornerstone that makes both one:
come, and deliver man,
whom you formed out
of the dust of the earth.


O King of Nations,
Whom all desire
You were both a stumbling stone
and a cornerstone
to those whom you encountered.
When man had sinned
And turned from You,
You assumed what You were not,
Yet your divinity retained,
So that sinful Adam
May once again
Undivided communion with You attain.
Come, O King of Nations,
And deliver the man
You made.

Additional texts for reflection:

Isaiah 2:4; 11:10; 28:16 
Psalm 47:8;
Psalm 118:22
Jeremiah 10:7
Daniel 7:14;
Haggai 2:8
Matthew 21:42
Mark 12:10
Luke 20:17
Acts 4:11
Romans 15:12
Ephesians 2:14, 20

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