The O Antiphons


  • December 17: "O Sapientia..." (O Wisdom)
           (O Wisdom) Prose Version:

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

    O eternal Wisdom, which proceedest from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end of creation unto the other, mightily and harmoniously disposing all things: come Thou to teach us the way of understanding.

    Alternate Prose Translation: 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.

    Poetic Version:

    Veni, O Sapientia, Quae hic disponis omnia, Veni, viam prudentiae Ut doceas et gloriae.

    O come, O Wisdom from on high, Who madest all in earth and sky, Creating man from dust and clay: To us reveal Salvationís way.

    Scriptural Citations:

    Isaiah 11:2-3: "The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord." Isaiah 28:29: "Wonderful is His counsel and great is His wisdom."

  • December 18: "O Adonai..." (O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel)
           December 18: "O Adonai..." (O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel) Prose Version:

    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.

    O Lord, and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appearedst unto Moses in the flame of a burning bush, and gavest to him the Law in Sinai: Come to redeem us with a stretched out arm.

    Alternate Prose Translation: 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.

    Poetic Version:

    Veni, Veni, Adonai, Qui populo in Sinai Legem dedisti vertice In maiestate gloriae.

    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.

    Scriptural Citations:

    Isaiah 11:4-5: "But He shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the landís afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips."

    Isaiah 33:22: "Indeed the Lord will be there with us, majestic; yes the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us." See also Exodus 3; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6.
  • December 19: "O Radix Jesse..." (O Root of Jesse)
           December 19: "O Radix Jesse..." (O Root of Jesse) Prose Version: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur; veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardere. O Root of Jesse, who art placed for a sign of the people, before whom kings shall shut their mouths, whom the Gentiles shall supplicate: come Thou to deliver us, do not tarry. Alternate Prose Translation: O ROOT OF JESSE, which 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. Poetic Version: Veni, O Jesse Virgula, Ex hostis tuos ungula, De spectu tuos tartari Educ et antro barathri.. O come, O Rod of Jesse free, Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save, And give them victory o'er the grave Scriptural Citations: Isaiah 11:1: "But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom." Isaiah 11:10: "On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious." Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in Davidís city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1). See: Isa. 52:15; Heb. 10:37. See also Romans 15:12; Revelation 5:5.
  • December 20: "O Clavis David..." (O Key of David):
           December 20: "O Clavis David..." (O Key of David): Prose Version: O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Key of David and Sceptre of the house of Israel, who openest and none shutteth, who shuttest and none openeth: come Thou, and bring forth the captive from the house of bondage, who sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death. Alternate Prose Translation: O KEY OF DAVID, and Sceptre of the House of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: COME, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death. Poetic Version: Veni, Clavis Davidica, regna reclude caelica, fac iter tutum superum, et claude vias inferum. O come, thou Key of David, come, And open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, And close the path to misery. Scriptural Citations: Isaiah 22:22: "And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open." Isaiah 9:6:"His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from Davidís throne, and over His kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever." See: Rev. 3:7; Gen. 49:10; Isa. 42: 7. See also Revelation 3:7.
  • December 21: "O Oriens..." (O Dawn of the East (Dayspring))
           December 21: "O Oriens..." (O Dawn of the East (Dayspring)) Prose Version: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentis in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Rising Brightness of the Everlasting Light and Sun of Righteousness: come Thou and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Alternate Prose Translation: O DAWN OF THE EAST, brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice: COME, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Poetic Version: Veni, Veni O Oriens, Solare nos adveniens, Noctis depelle nebulas, Dirasque mortis tenebras. O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer, Our spirits by Thine advent here; And drive away the shades of night, And pierce the clouds, and bring us light! Scriptural Citations: Isaiah 9:1: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown." See also Luke 1:78-79; Malachi 4:2.
  • December 22: "O Rex..." (O King of the Gentiles (Nations))
           December 22: "O Rex..." (O King of the Gentiles (Nations)) Prose Version: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unem: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. O King and the Desire of all nations, and chief Corner-stone, who makest two to be one: come Thou and save man whom Thou formedst from the clay. Alternate Prose Translation: O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one: COME, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth. Poetic Version: Veni, Veni, Rex Gentium, Veni, Redemptor omnium, Ut salvas tuos famulos Peccati sibi conscios.. O come, Desire of nations, show Thy Kingly rein on earth below; Thou Corner-stone, uniting all, Restore the ruin of our fall. Scriptural Citations: Isaiah 9:5: "For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 2:4: "He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again." See Jeremiah 10:7; Hag. 2:7; Eph. 2:14; Gen. 2:7; Tob. 8:8. See also Revelation 15:3; Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Ephesians 2:20; I Peter 2:6.
  • December 23: "O Emmanuel..." (God With Us)
           December 23: "O Emmanuel..." (God With Us)

    Prose Version:

    O Emmanuel, Rex et legisfer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator erum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine Deus noster.

    O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the gatherer of the people and their Saviour: come Thou to save us, O Lord our God.

    Alternate Prose Translation: O EMMANUEL, God with us, Our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Saviour: COME to save us, O Lord our God.

    Poetic Version:

    Veni, Veni, Emmanuel Captivum solve Israel, Qui gemit in exsilio, Privatus Dei Filio.

    O come, o come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, Until the Son of God appear.

    Scriptural Citations:

    Isaiah 7:14: "The Lord himself will give you this sign: the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel." See: Isa. 33:22; Gen. 49:10; Isa. 37:10. See also Isaiah 8:8; Matthew 1:23; Haggai 2:7.
  • Ave Maria - Hail Mary
           Ave Maria, gratia plena,
  • Ave Maria - Hail Mary
           Ave Maria, gratia plena,
  • Pater Noster - Our Father
          PATER NOSTER,
  • Salve Regina - Hail Holy Queen
           SALVE, men.


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