Friday, December 18, 2009

The Advent "O" Antiphons

This last part of Advent has a special feature called the "O" antiphons. They're designed to help us desire the coming of Christ more and more. They were developed centuries ago, in Latin, and the first letters of the Latin words spell out SARCORE. Read backwards, it says "ero cras," which means "tomorrow I will be." There's a lot of thought behind the liturgy! Here are the words:

Sapientia: O Wisdom
Adonia: O Lord and Leader
Radis: O Root of Jesse
Clavis: O Key of David
Oriens: O Radiant Dawn
Rex: O King
Emmanuel: O Emmanuel, God with us!

The text of today's antiphon is:
Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with your outstretched arm.

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