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O Wisdom - Banner

Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey

17th December: 'O Wisdom, who came forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end of creation to the other, strongly and gently ordering all things, come to teach us the way of prudence.'

O Sapienta, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,
fortiter suaviyer disponensque omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiaer.

The above text is taken from the Wisdom of Solomon 7:22-30; 8:1, and Proverbs 8:22-31.

St Paul develops the theme in Ephesians 1:3 and Colossians 1:15-20.

The wisdom of God is Christ, who existed before all creation, through whom and for whom all things came into being and by whom all things are held together.

The banner shows the eternal Christ whose throne is the universe, the earth his footstool, the Pantocrator of ancient and medieval paintings.

He is the Wisdom and Power of God (1 Corinthians 1:30).

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)
Dec. 18: Adonai (O Adonai [Lord])
Dec. 19: Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
Dec. 20: Clavis David (O Key of David)
Dec. 21: Oriens (O Rising Sun)
Dec. 22: Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
Dec. 23: Emmanuel (O Emmanuel)

          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.")

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Banner: Dye sublimation printing on a 100% close weave, natural feel polyester material with dowling, tulip wood end caps and gold hanging cord. An extra depth of approx. 12" should be allowed when measuring to allow for the hanging cord. A sample of the material can be supplied upon request. 

 

Floor standing Roller / Pull-up banner: These banners have a self-winding cassette mechanism and extending support pole made from durable anodised brushed aluminium. The banner size is 79" x 31.5" / 200cm x 80cm and printed on 180 micron matt-coated vinyl. Includes a free padded carry bag to store your banner when not in use.

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