Thursday, December 17, 2009

The O Antiphons~ Sapientia

The O Antiphons begin this evening. These traditional verses are sung before and after the Canticle of Mary at Vespers.
I love these short but beautiful verses that refer to Christ under a different title each day beginning on December 17 and continuing until Christmas. For me, each title reflects a different aspect of God in the person of Jesus Christ.

Here are  the seven titles refered to in each of the antiphons. When the acrostic is read backward, it forms the Latin phrase Ero Cras which means Tomorrow I come.

Radix Jesse
Clavis David
Rex Gentium

The O Antiphons are also based on Scripture. I will post the antiphon for each day over the course of the next week along with its Scripture roots.
May the O Antiphons and their corresponding Scripture passages enrich your prayer and meditation during these last days of Advent.

O Sapientia (Wisdom)
O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!

Isaias 11:2-3
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord, He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.

Isaias 28:29
This also is come forth from the Lord God of hosts, to make his counsel wonderful, and magnify justice.

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Anne said...

"Tomorrow I come" Beautiful!

Who knew those subliminal messages were hidden in the O Antiphons?

Today, we hear about satanic messages in rock music played backwards. Somebody always has to go and wreck beauty!

Thank you for this post, I look forward to your coming posts on the O Antiphons!

Karinann said...

Thanks Anne. So true about the satanic messages in some music. So great how God can reverse it and use it for His glory!

Mary333 said...

I second Anne's comment. "Tomorrow I come"... that's beautiful and I had no idea! It's like a hidden blessing:) I'm looking forward to these, too.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.