The Advent antiphons, which come before and after the singing of the Magnificat at Evensong from 17 until Christmas, are expressions both of praise and of desire. These have provided a rich source of devotional imagery in Advent. It is from these texts that the great Advent hymn ‘O Come, O come, Emmanuel’ is drawn.
During these days before Christmas, the prescribed readings include the greatest prophecies from the Book of Isaiah. I have always felt the King James Bible translation highlights the poetry of Isaiah’s writings, so the extracts I will be using come from the 1611 translation.