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…

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…

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…

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 …