O Emmanuel: Great antiphon for 23 December

Like all the other ‘O’ antiphons ‘O Emmanuel’ the ‘O’ antiphon for 23 December is based upon the Book of Isaiah, in this case Isaiah 7:14: Isaiah 7:14 Propter hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis signum : ecce virgo concipiet, et pariet filium, et vocabitur nomen ejus Emmanuel. (Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a…

O Rex gentium: Great Antiphon for 22 December

The ‘O’ antiphon for 22nd of December is ‘O Rex gentium’ (O King of all nations). This anthiphon –  the 6th Antiphon for the Magnificat is based upon two verses in Isaiah  Isaiah 9:6: 6 Parvulus enim natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis, et factus est principatus super humerum ejus : et vocabitur…

O Oriens: Great Antiphon for 21 December

O Oriens the ‘O’ Antiphon for December 21st with it’s plea to Christ to "Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death" is very closely based on Isaiah 9:2: Isaiah 9:2: Populus qui ambulabat in tenebris, vidit lucem magnam; habitantibus in regione umbræ mortis, lux orta est eis. (The people…

O Radix Jesse: Great Antiphon for 19 December

The third of the ‘O’ Antiphons  is based upon Isaiah 11:1 and Isaiah 11:10. Jesse was King David’s father the prophet Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house of David and would be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1) . Christ is the "shoot of Jesse" by his descent from…

O Adonai: Great Antiphon for 18 December

O Adonai is the second of the ‘O’ Antiphons. It is based on Isaiah 11:4-5 and  It is sung on December 18th and is sung below by Peter Morton (tenor), and the Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, conducted by David Hill. Enjoy :-). markfromireland

Advent Antiphon: O Sapientia

This is the first of the seven Advent Antiphons – the ‘0’ Antiphons. These explore various attributes, or names, of Christ as the Messiah, and each refers to a prophecy from the book of Isaiah. They’re very old and as they were in use throughout Western Christendom by the eighth century it’s reasonable to assume…