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The O Antiphons are a highlight of the Church's Advent Liturgy: from December 17th - 23rd they frame the Magnificat at Vespers.
Rich in symbolism and meaning they take us right from the beginning of creation, through the centuries of the world's waiting for the promised Messiah, calling upon him who was hidden in signs and symbols, and revealed when the fullness of time had come, leading us to the Mystery of the Incarnation and beyond, to the Paschal Mystery, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Parousia (Christ's second coming).
The exact origin of the Latin texts is unknown. They may date from the sixth century. There is evidence to suggest that the texts were in liturgical use in Rome in the eighth century. Both the original Latin texts and an English translation are given here.
Arriving at the 7th Antiphon on December 23rd, we may discover that the letters of the Latin invocations, read from the last up to the first, form a wonderful acrostic (ERO CRAS), like God's answer to our prayer:
Dec. 17: Sapienta (O Wisdom) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
Dec. 18: Adonai (O Adonai [Lord]) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Diplay Board
Dec. 19: Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
Dec. 20: Clavis David (O Key of David) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
Dec. 21: Oriens (O Rising Sun) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
Dec. 22: Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
Dec. 23: Emmanuel (O Emmanuel) Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
ERO CRAS: I WILL BE HERE TOMORROW
Christmas: O Wonderful Exchange (Antiphon from the Greek Liturgy "O Wonderful Exchange! The Creator of the human race took to himself a human body and was born of a virgin, and becoming man he granted us divinity.") Banner / Roller Banner / Lectern Frontal / Display Board
Buy all 8 banners at a special offer price: BANOANT8 Wall Banners / LFOAN Lectern FrontalsThese images are available as:
- Banners, both wall hanging and floor standing (roller banners)
- Lectern Frontals
- PVC Posters
- A3 Laminated (encapsulated) posters and A4 Laminated (encapsulated) posters.
- See also PowerPoint presentation: SPLV1 Spirit of Light: The Advent & Christmas Story
- View a slideshow of the images on our McCrimmon's YouTube channel
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