Wednesday, December 17, 2008

O Antiphons

A reminder that tomorrow, the 17th, begins the seven days which lead up to the Vigil of the Nativity; it is a seven day period in which the famous O Antiphons flank the Magnificat at Vespers. You can find these traditional antiphons in English after hymn 357 in Lutheran Service Book. You can find them below in their home language. All other antiphons that may seem appropriate on any of these days for the Magnificat always give way to these. Some of you churchmen, seminarians, and students, have learned many of the ordinary prayers of the liturgy in Latin; an excellent next step would be to move on to the O Antiphons.

17 December

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: * veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

18 December

O Adonai, et dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in
Sina legem dedisti: * veni ad redimendum nos in bracchio extento.

19 December

O Radix Iesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem gentes deprecabuntur: * veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare.

20 December

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo
aperit: * veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

21 December

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: * veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

22 December

O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: * veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

23 December

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: * veni ad salvandum nos, Domine Deus noster.


Rev.Fr.Burnell F Eckardt said...

Another reminder: as Kathryn Hill has noted in Gottesdienst about a decade ago, there's a medieval puzzle hidden in there. Take the word that follows the "O" for each antiphon, and line them up. It gives you SARCORE. Then reverse them and you have the following ERO CRAS, which answers all the antiphons: I shall, tomorrow!

Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

A very worthy observation, Dr. Eckardt. Thank you.