O ANTIPHONS: COMPLETE SET OF 8 BANNERS
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
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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. Fire
retardant: BS5867/Type B DIN4102. 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.
Delivery: Please allow 10-14 days from date of order.