O come Emmanuel, come, by Stanton Lanier
and by Jeremy Camp, God with Us
and from Fr. Richard Rohr, a prayer.
We Prepare for the Messiah
a prayer from Fr. Richard Rohr
O holy Word of God,
you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care:
O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
you showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush
and you gave the holy law on Mount Sinai:
O Flower of Jesse’s stem,
you have been raised up as a sign for all people;
kings stand silent in your presence;
the nations bow down in worship before you:
O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel,
you [not the systems of this world] control
at your will the gate of heaven:
Come break down the prison walls of death.
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
Come shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.
O, King of all the nations,
the only joy of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind:
Come and save these creatures you fashioned from the dust.
God-With-Us, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations, Savior of all people:
Come and set us free.
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”