(tune: O come, O come Emmanuel)
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel;
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel,
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
With each succeeding day, the O of our invocation, and the Veni of our supplication has grown more confident, more intense and, in a sense, more urgent.
Emmanuel. Is there a name sweeter or more tender? God-with-us. “Nothing in our difficulties, our misunderstandings, our sorrows, even in our agony, will find us alone. We will always have Someone with us, Someone present in our very heart to give the strength and light necessary in those moments.” (1964, Mother Marie des Douleurs Wrotnowska) Therefore, we never again need to be afraid or worry.
Be Emmanuel for us always. Never leave us, always with us.