As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

O Antiphons

O Antiphons



16 Dec

O Sapientia,

quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,

attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter,

suaviterque disponens omnia:

veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom,

who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High,

reaching out mightily from end to end,

and sweetly arranging all things:

come to teach us the way of prudence.

Proverbs 1:20; 8; 9 and I Corinthians 1:30

Christ, Wisdom and Creator of the world

17 Dec

O Adonai,

et dux domus Israël,

qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,

et ei in Sina legem dedisti:

veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Mighty Lord,

and leader of the house of Israël,

who appeared to Moses in the burning bush,

and on Sinai gave him the law,

come to redeem us with outstretched arm.

Exodus 3; Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:6

Christ, Lawgiver and Redeemer of Israel

18 Dec

O Radix Jesse,

qui stas in signum populorum,

super quem continebunt reges os suum,

quem gentes deprecabuntur:

veni ad liberandum nos,

jam noli tardare

O Root of Jesse,

who stand as a sign for the people,

kings stand silent in your presence,

whom the nations will worship:

come to set us free,

put it off no longer.

Isaiah 11:10; Romans 15:12; Revelation 5:5

Christ, descendant of David, king of kings

19 Dec

O Clavis David,

et sceptrum domus Israël,

qui aperis, et nemo claudit,

claudis, et nemo aperuit:

veni, et educ vinctum

de domo carceris,

sedentem in tenebris,

et umbra mortis.

O Key of David,

and scepter of the house of Israel,

you open, and no one shuts,

you shut, and no one opens:

come, and lead the prisoner

from jail,

seated in darkness

and in the shadow of death.

Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7

Christ, harrower of hell

20 Dec

O Oriens,

splendor lucis aeternae,

et sol justitiae:

veni, et illumina

sedentes in tenebris,

et umbra mortis.

O Dawn,

splendor of eternal light,

and sun of justice,

come, and shine

on those seated in darkness,

and in the shadow of death.

Luke 1:78, 79; Malachi 4:2

Christ, the Resurrection and the Life

21 Dec

O Rex Gentium,

et desideratus earum,

lapisque angularis,

qui facis utraque unum:

veni, et salva hominem,

quem de limo formasti.

O King of the Nations,

and the one they desired,


who makes both peoples one,

come and save mankind,

whom you shaped from the mud.

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

Christ, Cornerstone and union of all people

22 Dec

O Emmanuel,

Rex et legifer noster,

expectatio gentium,

et Salvator earum:

veni ad salvandum nos,

Domine, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel,

our King and Lawgiver,

the one awaited by the gentiles,

and their Savior:

come to save us,

Lord our God.

Isaiah 7:14; 8:8; Matthew 1:23; Haggai 2:7

Christ, the hope of all Nations, who await his appearing

23 Dec

O Virgo virginum,

quomodo fiet istud?

Quia nec primam similem visa es

nec habere sequentem.

Filiae Ierusalem,

quid me admiramini?

Divinum est mysterium hoc quod cernitis.

O Virgin of virgins,

how shall this be?

For neither before was any like thee,

nor shall there be after.

Daughters of Jerusalem,

why marvel ye at me?

That which ye behold is a divine mystery.

Genesis 3:15; Luke 1:26-56

Mary, birthgiver of God

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Words: Latin: c. 9th Century

Tr. by John M. Neale

Tr. by Henry S. Coffin


Adapted from Plainsong, Mode I

Thomas Helmore

O come, o come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

Until the Son of God appear.

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, O Wisdom from on high,

who orders all things mightily,

to us the path of knowledge show,

and teach us in her ways to go.

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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.

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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.

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer,

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death's dark shadows put to flight.

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Desire of nations, bind,

In one the hearts of all mankind;

Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,

And be Thyself our King of peace.

CHORUS: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

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