Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The "O Antiphons" ....

The beautiful "O Antiphons" start today. They are among the most beautiful antiphons of the year and come in the final days of Advent starting on the 17th of December.

To get some background and explanation see this excerpt by Fr. William Saunders:

What are the "O Antiphons"?

Here is the translation he provides of today's antiphon:

O Sapientia: “O 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.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.” (11:2-3), and “Wonderful is His counsel and great is His wisdom.” (28:29).

Fr. Tim Finigan, in his blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, posted this YouTube video containing the chant for this antiphon:

Te Deum Laudamus! Home

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!