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Advent "O" Antiphons: "O Emmanuel" (God with us); Dec 23

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel."   (Isaiah 7:14)

(Emmanuel means God is with us).


This one is easy
When I did the O antiphons I did a big "traditional scene". Mary in blue with a veil, the stable, the manger.
But today I would paint a homeless shelter. A young woman taken by a quick birth.
Maybe a storefront with cots.
"When did we see you hungry, when did we see you homeless..."
Yes, Emmanuel.
One of my favorite Scriptures at Christmas time. Or any time, really.