Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!
December 17, the Church begins the seven Great "O" Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass. Each antiphon begins with "O" and include a different Scriptural image through the Old Testament, all imploring the Messiah to come. As Elsa Chaney in Twelve Days of Christmas states, "They seem to sum up all our Advent longing as they paint in vivid terms the wretched condition of mankind and his need of a Savior."
From Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year via O Night Divine Blog
In keeping withour brand new tradition of "Eating through the Antiphons" or as Gabe put it, "Eatiphons" we will have chocolate for dinner this evening. I love the connection food has in celebration in the liturgical year.
As it seems throughout this advent season, there is something else away from home to do this evening. I have a wedding rehearsal to run, so we'll have just a wee bit of the chocolate after dinner, but read our readings at lunch time, feeding our minds with wisdom from the book of Proverbs!
O Sapientia, quæ ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiæ.
Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.
And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord, He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.
This also is come forth from the Lord God of hosts, to make his counsel wonderful, and magnify justice.
See Catholic Cuisine for celebration ideas!
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