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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