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O Antiphons – O Emmanuel

O_Emmanuel

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O Antiphons – O Oriens

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Yesterday I had a moment of spontaneous prayer-writing as I prepared the O Clavis David post. The words that came to me were:

We await the dawn, the coming of the Son of Justice, opening the door to lead us out of darkness and into the light!

Today we have the O Antiphon in which that door opens – O Oriens! Or O Rising Sun! This is why I always stand in awe of how the Holy Spirit works. While it was not my intention to connect one day to the next in quite that way, as usual, God has other plans. Better ones than we have.

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O Antiphons – O Clavis David

OClavisDavidO 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.

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

We await the dawn, the coming of the Son of Justice, opening the door to lead us out of darkness and into the light!

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Advent Reflections – The O Antiphons, O Emmanuel

This is the last O Antiphon before Christmas, O Emmanuel, no translation here… simply, O Emmanuel, which we know means, “God with us.”

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos,
Domines, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations, Savior of all people:
Come and set us free, Lord our God.

Yes, our Savior comes – He comes to set us free! Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas, one and all!

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Advent Reflections – O Antiphons, O Rex Gentium

Today our O Antiphon is O Rex Gentium, or O, King of All The Nations! Jesus the Christ leads us all, he is our Lord and King!

Dec. 22:
O Rex Gentium
, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of man:

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Advent Reflections – O Antiphons, O Oriens, December 21. 2011

Our antiphon for today is O Oriens, or O Radiant Dawn. I love this imagery of Jesus, bringing light to what was once dark.

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

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.

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Advent Reflection – Tuesday, December 20, 2011, O Antiphons – O Clavis David

Today we have the name for the Messiah, O Clavis David – or Key of David. Yes, from the Root of Jesse came David and ultimately Jesus. Now we go further, the Key of David which will open the doors of the Kingdom to set us free.

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

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel,
controlling at your will the gate of heaven:
Come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death;
and lead your captive people into freedom.

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The O Antiphons – O Adonai

Today is the second day of the O Antiphons. If you did not read yesterday’s post, I am going to post one O Antiphon for the 7 days on which they are used as the antiphon for the Magnificat at Vespers. The antiphons are different names for the Messiah and today’s is O Adonai.

I am late in assembling this post and gratefully so because of something I found this morning. Adonai, which also means Lord, has some other meanings as well. This is one of my own personal challenges with more literal translations of things in general. (No, I am not complaining about the New Roman Missal, but offering my own perspective about the challenge of translation!) Words have cultural values as well and their meanings are often expressed through the context of the time in which they are used.

Which is why I was interested to read this at the CSJ Prayer Online Advent Calendar, which is written by Baya Clare, CSJ. Baya is in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, but has ties back to our local Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet community in Latham.  Baya and our own Sister Rose know each other and this reminds me of the beauty of community.

Baya writes about how the term Adonai also refers to the “bread keeper,” indicating that this “bread keepers'” followers would be fed. And our Lord Jesus comes to us as bread and as our keeper, He certainly does keep us fed.

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

O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,
who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:
Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.

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Advent Reflections – Saturday, December 17, 2011, The O Antiphons, O Sapientia by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

It is December 17 and the O Antiphons are upon us. These antiphons are used, beginning on December 17 and for 7 days, during Vespers. They are sung immediately preceding the Magnificat. During these 7 days, I will post a video for each antiphon.

The antiphons bring us closer to the incarnational event that is Christmas. Make no mistake, we are still in Advent, but our journey to the birth of Christ comes closer and closer. The O Antiphons are each named with the prophecy of Isaiah as a backdrop and each one calls out a name for the messiah.

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter,
suaviter disponensque omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

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.

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Advent Reflection – Song for Gaudete Sunday

It is Gaudete Sunday – so let us celebrate by hearing this song!

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