Monday, December 17, 2012

O Antiphons~ December 17 O Wisdom


How very exciting!  One week remaining of our advent celebrations, our Christmas preparations.

 Here's something special for our prayer times with the kids this   week: 
 Have you heard of the O Antiphon days?  The O Antiphons refer to the seven antiphons that are recited preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the period of advent known as the Octave before Christmas, December 17 through 23.

The importance of the O Antiphons is this: Each one highlights a title for our Messiah:
December 17~ O Sapienta (O Wisdom)
December 18 ~ O Adonai ( O Lord )
December 19 ~  O Radix Jesse ( O Root of Jesse)
December 20 ~  O Clavis David ( O Key of David )
December 21 ~  O Oriends ( O Rising Sun)
December 22 ~ O Rex Gentium ( O Lord of the Nations)
December 23~ O Emmanuel

Each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah. Here's a fascinating feature of the O Antiphon Days: the first letter of each invocation, when read backwards, forms, in Latin:  
                                                       ERO CRAS. 
These can be understood as the words of Christ, responding, "Tomorrow I come," to His people's plea. Amazing, no?

Wondrous, also? Did you know that each verse of   "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," which we've all been singing forever each advent,  contains one of the Messianic titles?  Stunning.

~ O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who orders all things mightily,
to us the path of knowledge show, and teach us in her ways to go.

The O Antiphons are even more special in our household because they begin the day after our little man's birthday, signifying that  Christmas is drawing ever nearer.

Here's the birthday boy lighting candles on the 4th Sunday on advent last year...

Yesterday's 10th birthday hoopla and the lighting of the pink candle for

 Gaudette Sunday, coming soon:)

Here's a prayer for today's O Antiphon: O Sapienta/ O Wisdom~

O Sapienta~!
 (Eccl 24: 5), you came forth from the mouth of the Most High (Sir 24: 30), and reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly (Wis 8: 1). Come, and teach us the way of prudence (Isa 40: 14).

We will be creating "lapbooks" this week  around the O Antipons, using prayers, scripture verses, handmade drawings.  I  printed out some O Antiphon symbols from this site, too, if you'd like to click over to see how you might like to adapt usage of those offerings.
Please share how you celebrate! I know, I know, a week before Christmas there is just so much left to accomplish. It;s certainly hard to squeeze it all in. Try. Even a half hour a day, even if you don;t finish the books..... ( Confession:....this is our third year attempting the lapbooks. Maybe this will be our Advent to get it done. Almost done? )

 It's just so enriching when we can swap ideas around any topic, but especially the liturgical season!

Thank you, friends, for stopping in. Enjoy this day!


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