O Virgo Virginum

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Advent is almost over and we’re ready for Christmas Vespers!  As we anticipate the extraordinary miracle of God become Man and born of a Virgin, we wanted to share this last of the O Antiphons with you.  Fr. Phillips posted it here earlier this week, and we were excited to learn that in the old Sarum rite there was an eighth antiphon in use in medieval England, which can be found in the Ordinariate today.  Here’s a lovely recording of this antiphon being sung at Chichester Cathedral.

O Virgo virginum, quomodo fiet istud? quia nec primam similem visa es, nec habere sequentem. Filiae Jerusalem, quid me admiramini? Divinum est mysterium hoc quod cernitis.

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? for neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? the thing which ye behold, is a divine mystery.