Tag: advent

The Grateful Heart

As the colder and darker days of Advent arrive, let us enter them with joy and anticipation. There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. – Celia Laighton Thaxter

O Emmanuel – O God with Us

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and the Savior of them all, O come and save us, O Lord our God -source of translation unknown

O Rex Gentium – O King of Nations

O King of the Nations and Desire of the all, you are the Cornerstone who makes both one. O come and save the creatures whom you fashioned out of clay. – source of translation unknown

O Oriens – O Dayspring

O Rising Dawn, brightness of the Light Eternal and Son of Righteousness, O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. – source of translation unknown

O Clavis David – O Key of David

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no one can close; you close and no one can open. O come and bring captives out of the prison house, those who sit in darkness and the shadow of… Continue Reading “O Clavis David – O Key of David”

O Radix Jesse – O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse, you stand as an ensign to the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths and nations will bow in worship. O Come and deliver us and do not tarry. – source of translation unknown

O Adonai – O Lord

O Adonai and Leader of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. -source of translation unknown

O Sapientia – O Wisdom

Today we sing, “O Wisdom”, or as it was in the original Latin in the 7th century, “O Sapientia”. O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and reach from one end of the earth to the other, mightily and… Continue Reading “O Sapientia – O Wisdom”

The O Antiphons Are Coming

If you have ever sung the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” you have sung the O Antiphons. And while this song  has been sung, in recent years, throughout the Advent and Christmas season. Traditionally, these antiphons are chanted before the Magnificat during… Continue Reading “The O Antiphons Are Coming”

One of My Favorite Feasts

Of the forty-five popes who have reigned since the creation of the miraculous portrait (of Our Lady of Guadalupe), twenty-five have issued decrees concerning it. The earliest recorded decree is that of Pop Gregory XIII, dated 1575, that extended the indulgences granted by his … Continue Reading “One of My Favorite Feasts”