Sunday, December 15, 2013

Starting O Antiphons this week December 17th- something extra with a riddle for your Advent Wreath lighting

Today is the 3rd week of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, where we lit the rose colored candle in Mass. December 17th marks the start of O Antiphons, we say/sing them until December 23rd- the evening before the Vigil. There are seven O Antiphons. What's an O Antiphon? I think the easiest way to explain is- you know that song O Come O Come Emmanuel?  An O Antiphon is the "O Come Emmanuel", "O Key of David", etc.. from that song. The song is written about the O Antiphons. 

  The O Antiphons are like little messages, we address our Lord with beautiful titles and retell the prophecies from the Old Testament (I think mostly from Isaiah as I have learned), we ask Him to come to us. They are short and beautiful little prayers. You can sing a verse of the O Come O Come Emmanuel song each night during your Advent Wreath service at dinner. 
  
Here's the order if you want to print it off. I will add the Latin in there and soon you can start singing O Come O Come Emmanuel in Latin because you will have memorized these- they are really easy. You will be surprised! (Oh by the way Gaudete Sunday means rejoice in Latin, and that is also part of O Come O Come Emmanuel. So see you already have half the song memorized because we repeat "Gaude Gaude Emmanuel," over and over in the song)

Read all the way through and see what the secret message of the O Antiphons is...I am not joking...lol reminds me of a riddle.

Here's more info if you want history and lesser known O Antiphons.

Make a pocket chart of O Antiphons, just need a printer.

  December 17th  O Sapientia  or  O Wisdom- comes from Eternity and the Word of God
       
       Veni, O Sapientia,                   O come, Thou Wisdom, from on high
       Quae hic disponis omnia,        and order all things far and nigh;
       Veni, viam prudentiae             to us the path of knowledge show,
       Ut doceas et gloriae.               and teach us in her ways to go.


       Refrain
       Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel       Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
       Nascetur pro te, Israel.           Shall come to thee O Israel.

December 18th  O Adonai - the time and law of Moses





Veni, veni, Adonai,          O come, o come, Thou Lord of might,
qui populo in Sinai           who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
legem dedisti vertice        in ancient times did give the law,
in maiestate gloriae.         in cloud, and majesty, and awe.
       
       Refrain
       Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel       Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
       Nascetur pro te, Israel.           Shall come to thee O Israel.

December 19th  O Radix Jesse or  O Root of Jesse - Prophecies from the Line of King David





Veni, O Iesse virgula,     O come, Thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
ex hostis tuos ungula,      from ev'ry foe deliver them
de specu tuos tartari        that trust Thy mighty power to save,
educ et antro barathri      and give them vict'ry o'er the grave.





Refrain
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel       Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
Nascetur pro te, Israel.           Shall come to thee O Israel.

December 20th  O Clavis David or  O Key of David - Prophecies from the Line of King David





Veni, Clavis Davidica,        O come, Thou Key of David, come,
regna reclude caelica,          and open wide our heav'nly home,
fac iter tutum superum,         make safe the way that leads on high,
et claude vias inferum          that we no more have cause to sigh.


      Refrain
      Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel       Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
      Nascetur pro te, Israel.           Shall come to thee O Israel.

December 21st  O Oriens or  O Dawn of the East - look for a rising star in the East
  (Although part of this isn't necessarily Nativity related-  also don't forget the prophecy from Ezekiel Ch. 11- read that also, then think about about Jesus re-entering Jerusalem and the lowly creature he was on and the direction from which he came- WOW how everything ties together huh?)





Veni, veni O Oriens,             O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
solare nos adveniens,            and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
noctis depelle nebulas,          disperse the gloomy clouds of night
dirasque mortis tenebras.      and death's dark shadow put to flight.

      Refrain
      Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel       Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
      Nascetur pro te, Israel.           Shall come to thee O Israel.

December 22nd- O Rex Gentium or O King of the Gentiles- prophecy that He is a King for all Nations





Veni, veni, Rex Gentium,       O come, Desire of the nations, bind
veni, Redemptor omnium,      in one the hearts of all mankind;
ut salvas tuos famulos            bid every strife and quarrel cease
peccati sibi conscios.            and fill the world with heaven's peace.

Refrain
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel      Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel, 
Nascetur pro te, Israel.          Shall come to thee O Israel.


December 23rd O Emmanuel, it means God is with us.





Veni veni, Emmanuel       O Come O Come Emmanuel
captivum solve Israel,      And Ransom Captive Isael
qui gemit in exsilio,         That mourns in lonley exile here
privatus Dei Filio            Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain
Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel      Rejoice Rejoice! Emmanuel
Nascetur pro te, Israel.          Shall come to thee O Israel.


Take all of the Messianic Titles and put the first letter them in order like this- ERO CRAS, meaning, "Tomorrow, I will come."  December 24th.  How clever is that?!


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