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18 December 2016

O Antiphons (Healey Willan) [excerpts]


O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Lord Eternal and Leader of the house of Israel,
who didst appear to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and didst give the Law to him in Sinai,
come to redeem us by Thine outstretched arm.


O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare.

O Root of Jesse, who standest for an ensign of the people,
before whom kings shall keep their silence,
to whom the nations shall offer their petitions,
come to deliver us; wait not any longer.


O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae,
et sol iustitiae: veni,
et illumina sedentes
in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O Rising Orb of day, Splendor of Light Eternal,
and Sun of Righteousness,
come and enlighten those who sit in darkness,
and in the shadow of death


O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, Our king and lawgiver,
For whom the nations wait, their holy Savior:
Come, O Lord our God, be our salvation.

Composer: Healey Willan (1880-1968)

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