Latin:O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare. English:O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come to deliver us, and tarry not.
Latin: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. English: O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: come and redeem us with outstretched arms.
Scripture Reference: Exodus 3 Micah 5:2 Matthew 2:6
Relevant verse of Veni, Veni Emmanuel: O come, O come, thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height In ancient times didst give the Law, in cloud and majesty, and awe.
We still have tickets available for this Weber E-310 Grill that we are raffling off. The grill is a $500 value. Tickets are $20 per chance and will be drawn tomorrow evening after the meat pie sale. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the shrine during operating hours or tomorrow afternoon at the St. Cecilia Band hall until 5:45pm. Proceeds go towards the restoration efforts of Saint Anne Shrine.
Latin:O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodidisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortier suavier disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. English:O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come, and teach us the way of prudence.
We are coming into the final week before Christmas, and at evening Vespers, the “O” Antiphons will be chanted.
These were apparently composed in the seventh or eighth century when monks put together texts from the Old Testament, particularly from the prophet Isaiah, which looked forward to the coming, in flesh, of our salvation.
Each of the O Antiphons highlights a different title for the Messiah:O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord),O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), and O Emmanuel. Each one refers to the prophecies of Isaiah.
When we sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” during Mass in Advent, its roots go a lot deeper than being sung as a common hymn in the back of the hymnal. This connection to the early days of the Church is a fitting reminder of the rich patrimony that Catholicism embraces and connects us to our inheritance and is preserved as Our Lord promised “…until the end of the ages…”
We will be presenting the antiphons, in order, from today until the the 23rd.