O Great! Music For Advent

Today is the start of the Great O Antiphons. The Os are said during vespers for the seven or in some cases eight days before Christmas. It’s the Anglican or English tradition that started yesterday because they add an extra one at the end. I chose not to follow the English as each of the O Antiphons focus on seven Scriptural titles for Christ, and the English addition turns its focus to Mary by ending with O Virgo Virginum. I really wanted to keep the focus on the coming of Christ, so in addition to the music I’ve been posting for Advent I’ll include the antiphons.

If you don’t know them, you do. They are the verses to O Come, O Come Emmanuel, but in a different order. Today is O Sapientia:

Latin:

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,
fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

English:Advent

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.

Or, as Riders in the Sky put it:

Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, thou Wisdom from on high,
Who ordered all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, Desire of Nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels  cease,
Fill the whole world with Heaven’s Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, Thou Dayspring come and cheer,
Our spirits with thine advent here,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

There is a rather good explication of the Great Os over on The Brothers of John the Steadfast.

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