Virginia Barton

17 December 2013: O Antiphon!

 

17 December 2013

 

O-Antiphons (2)

 

I’m blown away, as they say, by the “O Antiphons”, recited or chanted at Vespers from today until the 23rd. I only discovered them last year, ignoramus that I am.

Today’s antiphon is:

O Sapientia: “O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.” 

 

Then follow:

O Adonai: “O sacred Lord of ancient Israel”

O Radix Jesse: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem”

O Clavis David: “O Key of David”

O Oriens: “O Radiant Dawn”

O Rex Gentium: “O King of all the nations”

and finally…

O Emmanuel!

 

To learn more about this beautiful Advent devotion, click here.

 

P.S.  Arvo Pärt set the “O Antiphons” to music — another fabulous discovery! Listen here.

 

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