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The O Antiphons - O Sapientia, O Wisdom


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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


Diving In...

Father Lawrence Lew, via Flickr, licensed cc. 

Diving In...

"O Wisdom from the mouth of the Most High, you fill the whole world. With strength and gentleness you order all things: come to teach us the way of prudence"
 
- the Magnificat antiphon for 17 December.
 
A delightful and fascinating detail, c.1495/6 from Burgos Cathedral of the Incarnation which seems to illustrate today's O antiphon. Christ, who is Wisdom coming from God's mouth leaps into the womb of the Virgin!
 
As we enter this final week before Christmas, the Liturgy's focus is on the marvel of Christ's first coming in the flesh.



The Eatiphons

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!


Latin
O Sapientia, quƦ ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiƦ.



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.


Today would also be a good day to commit a bible verse on Wisdom to memory:

For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 2:6 |

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:5 |

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
James 3:17

How much better to get wisdom than gold,
to get insight rather than silver!
Proverbs 16:16 |

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?”
For it is not wise to ask such questions.
Ecclesiastes 7:10

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:5-6 |

Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Proverbs 13:10

The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Proverbs 19:8

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.
1 Corinthians 3:18 |

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
James 3:13

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
Proverbs 13:3

Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 |

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Matthew 7:24

Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
Proverbs 18:2

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
Isaiah 55:8

For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 8:35


Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 15:33

Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
and discerning if they hold their tongues.
Proverbs 17:28

The wise in heart accept commands,
but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Proverbs 10:8

Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
Isaiah 40:28

All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,
whose plan is wonderful,
whose wisdom is magnificent.
Isaiah 28:29




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