Saturday, December 17, 2011

O Antiphons Commence Today

In the Roman Catholic liturgy the days17-23 December have their own formulae. During each Evening Prayer one of seven antiphons is sung before and after the Marian canticle, The Magnificat. They are drawn from images from Old Testament writings. We know them in a familiar Advent song. 

[Source: YouTube]
The first words of the antiphons are titles given to Jesus as Messiah. Because they begin with the letter O in the Latin, they are called the O AntiphonsToday’s is Wisdom, O Sapientia.

For all of them, a brief history and their Latin acronym, see the Dominican Friars blogpost of yesterday, on which the above video was embedded.

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