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“Nå er Herren kommet nær. Kom, la oss tilbe ham.”
Slik var første antifon til matutin på fjerde søndag i advent (i den tradisjonelle kalenderen), og de neste antifonene var slik (Google translator kan hjelpe med oversettelsen):

Véniet ecce Rex excélsus cum potestáte magna ad salvandas gentes, allelúia.

Gaudéte omnes et lætámini: ecce quia véniet Dóminus ultionis addúcet retributiónem: ipse véniet, et salvábit nos.

Etter hvert fokuserer antifonene mer på budskapet til Maria:

Gábriel Ángelus locútus est Maríæ, dicens: Ave, grátia plena: Dóminus tecum: benedícta tu inter mulíeres.

María dixit: Putas qualis est ista salutatio, quia conturbáta est ánima mea, et quia paritura sum Regem, qui claustrum virginitátis meæ non violabit.

Men mens vi i den nye messen hører om jomfru Maria også i evangeliet, gjør vi ikke det i den tradisjonelle messen, der er det Johannes døperens budskap som lyder:

Luke 3:1-6
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea. And so on.

Homily by Pope St Gregory the Great, 20th on the Gospels.
John said unto the multitude, that came forth to be baptised of him: O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? The wrath to come in one sense signifieth the great vengeance of the Latter Day the sinner that repenteth not of his sin now, will have no mean whereby to flee from punishment then. Let us remark that addressing evil children copying the example of evil parents, the Baptist calleth them a generation of vipers in that they were envious at the righteous, and persecuted them; that they repaid evil for evil; that they hunted out ways of harming their neighbours, in all these things following the pattern of carnal parents, the prophet likeneth them to a venomous brood hatched from a venomous stock.

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