Monthly Archives: December 2010

The 12 days of Christmas: Before or After ?

As I wrote about the history of the Octave and the O Anitphons over the last few days, I decided to continue with some more historical Christian musing and articles. Perhaps we’ll even use a liturgical calendar to go through the years and explore some of the older traditions within our faith. Which, right after […]

Dec 23rd O Antiphon: O Emmanuel

Today’s and the final O antiphon of the Octave cycle, recited on December 23rd is called “O Emmanuel”. Latin: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. English: O Emmanuel, King and lawgiver for us, the hope of the people and Saviour of them: Come […]

Dec 22nd O Antiphon: O Rex Gentium

Today’s antiphon, recited on December 22nd  is called “O Rex Gentium”. Latin: O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. English: O King of the people, and the desire of them, And stone of the corner, who makes multiples one Come and save […]

Dec 21st O Antiphon: O Oriens

Today’s antiphon, recited on December 21st is called “O Oriens”. Latin: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English: O Rising Sun, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Dec 20th Antiphon: O Clavix

Today’s antiphon, recited on December 20th, is called “O Clavix”. Latin:         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. English: O Key of David and sceptre of the House […]

Dec 19th Antiphon: O Radix

Today’s antiphon, recited on December 19th, is called “O Radix”. Latin: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.  English: Oh root of Jesse, who stands as a sign for the people over whom kings hold their speech whom […]

Dec 18th Antiphon: Oh Adonai

Today’s antiphon, recited on December 18th, is called “O Adonai”.                                  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 Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,                 who to […]