22nd December – O Rex Gentium

O King of the Nations, banner by Turvey AbbeyO King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

– cf. Isaiah 28.16; Ephesians 2.14

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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