The O Antiphon for Magnificat at Vespers on December 22:
O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: come and save us all, whom you formed out of clay.
For their 2016 debut recording Drop Down, Ye Heavens, the London-based student-formed choir Siglo de Oro commissioned a new set of O Antiphons from various British composers, sung in English and set for choir and saxophone. Here is Gareth Wilson’s yearning setting of “O King of the Nations”:
O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
— Rick Krueger
(Image: O Rex Gentium by Linda Henke, Te Deum Designs.)