O Adonai

Today’s Antiphon is O Adonaï, using the Hebrew word for “Lord.”  It is the word still read aloud by Jews whenever the Biblical text says YHWH, the unpronounceable Name of God.

To address Christ in this way is, of course, to confess his divine status, and identify him as the same God who made himself known to Moses and gave the Law to the Hebrew people.  But it also recalls the Exodus story, when God brought his people to freedom out of slavery in Egypt.  Christ is our liberator, who brings us out of slavery to sin and opens the way to perfect freedom for all creation.

O Adonaï,

 and Leader of the House of Israel,

who appeared to Moses in the bush in a flaming fire,

and gave him the Law on Sinai:

Come, and save us with an outstretched arm.

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