Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 23

Door at Via del Teatro di Marcello, No. 40. This door is on the right side of the road that goes downhill from the Capitoline Hill to the Theater of Marcellus. (The road continues into the area of the Forum Boarium, and ancient cattle market of Rome.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

The hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel (in Latin, Veni Emmanuel) is a lyrical paraphrase of these antiphons.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This door is open for visitors only once in a year, on the 9th of March.
This is the birthday of St. Frances of Rome (1384-1440) - foundress of the
Oblates of the Tor de^RSpecchi. Inside the convent there are the most
wonderful renaissance frescoes that tell the story of her life, miracles
and visions