|O Adonaï, et dux domus Israël, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extenso.||O Adonaï, and leader of the house of Israel! who appearedst to Moses in the fire of the flaming bush, and gavest him the law on Sinai; come and redeem us by thy outstretched arm.|
18 December 2012
December 18: O Adonai
From The Liturgical Year:
O Sovereign Lord! O Adonaï! come and redeem us, not by thy
power, but by thy humility. Heretofore, thou didst show thyself to Moses
thy servant in the midst of a mysterious flame; thou didst give thy
law to thy people amidst thunder and lightning; now, on the contrary,
thou comest not to terrify, but to save us. Thy chaste Mother having
heard the Emperor's edict, which obliges her and Joseph her Spouse
to repair to Bethlehem, she prepares everything needed for thy divine
Birth. She prepares for thee, O Sun of Justice! the humble
wherewith to cover thy nakedness, and protect thee, the Creator of the
world, from the cold of that mid-night hour of thy Nativity!
Thus it is that thou willest to deliver us from the slavery of our
pride, and show man that thy divine
arm is never stronger than when he thinks it powerless and
still. Everything is prepared, then, dear Jesus! thy swathing-bands are ready for thy infant limbs!
Come to Bethlehem, and redeem us
from the hands of our enemies.