Thursday, December 16, 2010

O Sapientia

The greater antiphons at the Magnificat are begun on December 17, and are said , each on its day, until the day before the vigil of Christmas. If a feast is celebrated, they are said after the collect of the feast, for a commemoration of Advent. These antiphons are best known in the form of the hymn Veni Immanuel. Lutheran Worship, hymn 31, includes all seven of these versified antiphons.
These antiphons are listed below in Latin, in English translation, and in verse. The hymn includes the refrain "Gaude, gaude, Immanuel Nascetur pro te Israel - Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel."

December 17 - O Sapientia

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, proceeding from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from the beginning even unto the end, mightliy ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high, Who orders all things mightliy, To us the path of knowledge show, And teach us in her ways to go. Refrain.

1 comment:

Fr John W Fenton said...

The following, which expands upon the same thing, might also be of interest: