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 with our tradition of "Eating through the Antiphons" or as the kids call it, the "Eatiphons" we will have chocolate for dinner this evening. I love the connection food has in celebration in the liturgical year. It helps everyone remember what the antiphon focuses on and it helps us to focus on a different aspect of preparing to meet Jesus in His nativity.
A wee bit of chocolate or some other sweet treat should suffice to honor this particular antiphon!
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.
See Catholic Cuisine for celebration ideas!
More Antiphon information in delicious.
Here is a resource list to help you further your Advent Journey!
Father Saunders explains the O Antiphons very clearly here along with the appropriate scripture.
The symbols of the antiphons and explanation here via Catholic Culture
Here are some delightful crafts and antiphon activities!
Antiphon Guide from O Night Divine!
Just Another Day In Paradise: O Antiphon Activities
“O Antiphon” House « Our Domestic Church
By Sun and Candleight o' Antiphon House
Heart of My Home
Shower of Roses
St. Athanasias Academy
O Antiphon activities!
O'Night Divine - the symbols, the prayers, and links for the O Antiphons!
Fisheaters has the actual chants in Latin for download!
or get a CD
Tons of good resources at Illuminated Ink!
Also the Christmas Novena can be started today!