Veni, Veni Immanuel – The Gesualdo Six

14 Propter hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis signum : ecce virgo concipiet, et pariet filium, et vocabitur nomen ejus Emmanuel. 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14 Of all the Advent and Christmas music…

O Emmanuel: Great antiphon for 23 December 2015

Presumably because of the hymn Veni, veni, Immanuel, many people assume that O’ Emmanuel is the first antiphon but it is in fact the seventh and final ‘O’ antiphon.  ‘O Emmanuel’  which is sung on December 23rdis based upon Isaiah 7:14. Isaiah 7:14: Propter hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis signum : ecce virgo concipiet, et…

O Rex gentium: Great Antiphon for 22 December 2015

The sixth ‘O’ antiphon which is sung on December  22nd is ‘O Rex gentium’ (O King of the Nations), is based upon two verses in Isaiah Isaiah 9:6 and Isaiah 2:4: Isaiah 9:6 Parvulus enim natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis, et factus est principatus super humerum ejus : et vocabitur nomen ejus,…