O Rex Gentium

O Antiphons

O Rex Gentium,
et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis,
qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

O King of the Nations,
and the one they desired,
who makes both peoples one,
come and save mankind,
whom you shaped from the mud.
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O Oriens

O Antiphons

O Oriens,
splendor lucis aeternae,
et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina
sedentes in tenebris,
et umbra mortis.

O Dawn,
splendor of eternal light,
and sun of justice,
come, and shine
on those seated in darkness,
and in the shadow of death.
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O Clavis David

O Antiphons

O Clavis David,
et sceptrum domus IsraŽl,
qui aperis, et nemo claudit,
claudis, et nemo aperuit:
veni, et educ vinctum
de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris,
et umbra mortis.

O Key of David,
and scepter of the house of Israel,
you open, and no one shuts,
you shut, and no one opens:
come, and lead the prisoner
from jail,
seated in darkness
and in the shadow of death.
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O Sapientia

[Note: Today’s post is the first of a series of reflections on the “O Antiphons” sung during the forefeast, or the week prior to, the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Huw will also be blogging reflections on the “O Antiphons” (his invitation is here).

The “O Antiphons” are normally seven in number, with the eighth, O Virgo virginum, used according to the Sarum rite. They are sung as refrains to the Magnificat during Matins, on each day of the week prior to the Nativity (16 or 17-23 December). Each antiphon reflects both an aspect of Christ’s Person, and ties that to salvation history beginning with the Creation. Given my own personal history with Our Lady, I will be employing the eight antiphons (as will Huw).

If anyone would like to join us in posting their own reflections, we are spreading out the antiphons over the forty-day Nativity Fast according to this schedule:

15 Nov O Sapientia
20 Nov O Adonai
25 Nov O Radix Jesse
30 Nov O Clavis David
5 Dec O Oriens
10 Dec O Rex Gentium
15 Dec O Emmanuel
20 Dec O Virgo virginum

May your Nativity Fast, and the coming Feast, be filled with God’s presence and the joy of the Gospel!]

O Antiphons

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

O Wisdom,
who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching out mightily from end to end,
and sweetly arranging all things:
come to teach us the way of prudence.
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