December 23

“O Emmanuel…”O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their Savior.  Come, and save us, O Lord our God.

Artist’s Comment:
The final O Antiphon is connected to the first through the use of the same alabaster stone and it sits atop the same Maple Burl. Isaiah 33 refers to “the Lord (who) will be there with us, majestic.” Rather than using the earthly concept of the crown, I choose to surround Emmanuel with the heavenly crown of the halo.

Reflection:
Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel”.

Isaiah 33:22: “Indeed the Lord will be there with us,  majestic.  Yes, the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us”.