First Antiphon: O Sapientia (Dec. 17th)

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The O Sapientia is the first Antiphon of the O Antiphons, prayed on December 17th of Advent.

The meditation below is not part of the O Antiphons, but is found in Dom Guerenger’s The Liturgical here. It is simply included here for your spiritual enrichment.

First O Antiphon: O Sapientia

O Sapientia, qun ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia; veni, ad docendum nos viam prudentin. omnia; veni, ad docendum nos viam prudentin.

Translation: O Wisdom, that proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end mightily, and disposing all things sweetly, come and teach us the way of prudence.


Pray the O Antiphon & the Magnificat

The Magnificat

Antiphon: O Sapientia, qun ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia; veni, ad docendum nos viam prudentin.

Magníficat ánima mea Dóminum.

Et exultávit spíritus meus: in Deo salutári meo.

Quia respéxit humilitátem ancíllae suae:

Ecce enim ex hoc beátam me dicent omnes generatiónes.

Quia fécit mihi mágna qui pótens est: et sánctum nómen eius.

Et misericórdia eius in progénies et progénies timéntibus eum.

Fécit poténtiam in bráchio suo: dispérsit supérbos mente cordis sui.

Depósuit poténtes de sede: et exaltávit húmiles.

Esuriéntes implévit bonis: et dívites dimísit inánes.

Suscépit Ísrael púerum suum: recordátus misericórdiae suae.

Sicut locútus est ad patres nostros: Ábraham, et sémini eius in saecula.

Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto,

Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculórum. Amen.



Antiphon: O Wisdom, that proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end mightily, and disposing all things sweetly, come and teach us the way of prudence.

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.

Because He hath regarded the humility of His slave:

For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Because He that is mighty hath done great things to me; and holy is His name.

And His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him.

He hath shewed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.

He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy:

As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

Glory be the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, forever and ever, Amen.

Meditation

O uncreated Wisdom, who art so soon to make Thyself visible to Thy creatures, truly Thou disposes all things. It is by Thy permission that the emperor Augustus issues a decree ordering the enrollment of the whole world. Each citizen of the vast empire is to have his name enrolled in the city of his birth. This prince has no other object in this order, which sets the world in motion, but his own ambition. Men go to and from by millions, and an unbroken procession traverses the immense Roman world. Men think they are doing the bidding of man, and it is God whom they are obeying. This world-wide agitation has really but one object; that is, to bring to Bethlehem a man and woman who live at Nazareth in Galilee, in order that this woman may give birth to this Child. A woman who was yet unknown to the world but dear to heaven, and who was close of the ninth month since she conceived her Child.

For the Prophet has said of the Child: ‘His going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity. And thou, O Bethlehem! Art not the least among the thousand cities of Judah, for out of thee He shall come? O divine Wisdom! How strong art Thou in thus reaching Thine ends by means which are infallible, though hidden; and yet, how sweet, offering no constraint to man’s free-will. How fatherly, in providing for our necessities! Thou chooses Bethlehem for Thy birth-place, because Bethlehem signifies the house of bread. In this, Thou teaches us that Thou art our Bread, the nourishment and support of our life. With God as our food, we cannot die. O Wisdom of the Father, living Bread that has descended from heaven, come speedily into us, that thus we may approach to Thee and be enlightened  by Thy light, and by that prudence which leads to salvation.

From The Liturgical Year, by Dom Guerenger

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