The earliest documentation of the lyrics for 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' date back to early 18th century Germany. However, the inspiration for the original latin text originated in the 8th century through the Roman Catholic tradition of reciting the O Antiphons. Each of the seven antiphons are recited over the last seven days of advent. When the first letter of each antiphon is placed together and read back words, the acronym ERO CRAS is formed. The English translation of this Latin phrase is, "Tomorrow, I will be there".
The mosaic selected as the artwork for Ero Cras can be found on the walls of the Capella Palantina in the Italian province of Palermo. Commissioned by Roger II, King of Sicily, in 1132, the piece was inspired not only by the birth of Christ, but by a vision that one of his advisors had. In this vision, the king's advisor saw that a band called Raycroft would be in need of artwork for their Christmas EP centuries later. Behold, Ero Cras!
Tomorrow, he will be there.
released December 2, 2014
All songs performed and arranged by Raycroft
Bass guitar by Nick Arseneau
Additional vocals on track 3 by Doreen Abraham
Produced by Michael “Sonner” Sonier
Engineered by Jason Dufour and Michael Sonier
Mixed by Jason Dufour
Mastered at Joao Carvalho Mastering
Recorded at Dreamhouse Studios, Toronto Ontario and The Record Shack, Toronto Ontario
Artwork: 1140-70 AD
Mosaic, Cappella Palantina, Palermo
Layout and design by Jordan Raycroft
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