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The "O"s of Advent

I love the lovely special Christmas chants. The "O" Antiphons are recited before the 'Magnificat' at Vespers in Catholic liturgies from December 17 to December 23. Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture.  It is not known when they began to be used but they go back a long, long way. They are also used in many Protestant Churches. Each has its own icon. For the next few days I shall try to include the relevant one.

December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

The blooming LJ is still at it! Nothing comes out as I try to print it!

For comment 1: images


I'm trying to remember what I painted all those years ago
O Wisdom - was it the all seeing eye?
Now I think I would paint a book
the wisdom of ages handed down in the written word
the word which is also the word of god
"and the word became flesh and dwelt among us"

If you post the antiphon each day I will try to give an image that comes to me.
I have been thinking about them after you posted

Edited at 2013-12-14 14:25 (UTC)
Interesting. I have never heard of this before.

Are you a devote Catholic?
Yes, I am that. Thank God.
Is that an adult decision or something you were raised with?
Are you an American as a adult decision or something you were raised with?
Lol touché'.

Just wondered is all
My brain sometimes acts like a drop of water on a teppan grill.

I offer this as explanation for the comment:

I can never remember which one has the line "The true North and the free".
I'm afraid you have me there.
This is fascinating. I had never heard of this before. I look forward to learning about these as the days progress.

- Erulisse (one L)