The beautiful rhythm of the liturgical year beats on, and we find ourselves in the last days before the great feast of the Nativity. We know the Infant King’s birth is approaching because today begins the first of the O Antiphons at Evening Prayer. For new readers who may not be familiar with the Great O Antiphons, we’re re-posting the Gregorian Chant videos which we shared with you in previous years. You can also read more about the Os here.
Each antiphon ties in with our salvation history and is packed with meaning about The One around Whom that history revolves. Each day we’ll include a short meditation on the antiphon by Fr. Roger Landry of Catholic Answers. They are a nice way to bring the antiphons into your daily prayers this last week of Advent.
The O Antiphon for December 17th sung by the Cantarte Regensburg.
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 didst come out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.
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).
Wisdom is here personified, present with God at the beginning of creation. This is a prefigurement of Jesus, the eternal Word of God, the “logos” John described in the opening of his gospel. Wisdom is the foundation of fear of the Lord, of holiness, or right living: it is wisdom whom we bid to come and teach us prudence. The cry “Come” will be repeated again and again, insistent and hope-filled.
Prov. 1:20 Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice.
1 Cor. 1:30 He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Sirach 24:3: “From the mouth of the Most High I came forth, and like mist covered the earth”.
Wisdom 8:1: “She reaches from end to end mightily and governs all things well”.