December 17, 2007

The “GREAT ANTIPHONS”or “O Antiphons” of Advent II (December 17 to 24)

During the eight days of the second and last part of Advent, the Church’s official prayers for the sunset hour or early evening (Vespers) include special invocations of the Messiah, with a different invocation assigned to each of the evenings. These invocations are called “refrains” or “antiphons”

[Note. The Church observes the end of Advent and the beginning of Christmas at sundown on December 24. So, on that day, the Church’s evening prayer already celebrates Christmas, not Advent.]

In reverse chronological order, the initial letters of the Messianic titles in these invocations spell out the Latin words, ERO CRAS, meaning literally “I shall be tomorrow.”

The Complete Texts of the “Great Antiphons” or “O Antiphons”

December 17. O WISDOM, you proceeded from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end, and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.

December 18. O ADONAI [“Lord”], and Leader of the house of Israel, you who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush, and gave him the law on Sinai: come to redeem us with your outstretched arm.

December 19. O ROOT OF JESSE, you who stand as the symbol of the people, before you kings shall keep their mouths shut, and the nations shall make their appeals to you: come to deliver us and do not delay now.

December 20. O KEY OF DAVID, and Scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no man closes it, you close and no one opens it: come and lead out from prison the captive who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 21. O RISING SUN, Splendor of eternal light and Sun of Justice: come and shine on those who are in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22. O KING OF NATIONS, the One whom they desire; O Cornerstone, you unite them: come and save man whom you formed out of clay.

December 23. O EMMANUEL [“God-with-Us”], our King and Lawgiver, Hope and Savior of the Nations: come to save us, O Lord our God.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, thank-you for this and perhaps your readers may enjoy these ADvent reflections/meditation with the O Antiphons?
O'Antiphons Gregorian Chant reflection,videos for a blessed ADvent!
Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in Te.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thankyou for those Fr..

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