Novena for Christ-Mass: O Rex Gentium
Veni, Veni, Rex gentium,
O come, Desire of nations, bind,
veni, Redemptor omnium,
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Ut salvas tuos famulos
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
Peccati sibi conscios.
And be Thyself our King of peace.
Isaiah had prophesied, “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” (9:5), and “He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (2:4)
“O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.”
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Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.
Shall come to thee, O Israel.
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