the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
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
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
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.
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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