Did you know that the time is almost here? In this fourth week of Advent, we have begun the “O Antiphons” which are the seven antiphons recited before the Magnificat during Vespers in the Octave before Christmas. The importance of the
O Antiphons is to highlight a title for the Messiah and each one refers to a specific Prophecy by Isaiah about the Messiah.
Day one is “O Wisdom”, from Isaiah 11:2-3 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding” and Isaiah 28:29 “He is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.”
Day two is “O Sacred Lord” from Isaiah 11:4-5 “He shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the lands afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.” Isaiah 32:22 says “Indeed the Lord will be there with us, majestic; yes the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us.”
Day three: “O Flower of Jesse” from Isaiah 11:1, “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of its roots.”
Day four: “O Key of David” from Isaiah 22:22 “I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; He shall shut, and no one shall open.”
Day five: “O Radiant Dawn” from Isaiah 9:2, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined”.
Day six: “O King of all the Nations” from Isaiah 9:5, “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Day seven: “O
Emmanuel” from Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” Remember, “Emmanuel” means “God with us!”
What a wonderful way to lead into Christmas by meditating upon these names for the Messiah! Another interesting fact, if you take the Latin names from the last to the first, they spell “
” which means “Forward” or “Tomorrow.” So in using these antiphons, and using the seven Messianic titles, the Lord continues to tell us, “I will come, tomorrow, I will come!”
See you soon!