We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Great O Antiphons revisited: Sarum and Roman ordering.

The medieval English (Sarum) ordering and the Roman ordering:
  1. Sarum Dec. 16; Roman Dec. 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
  2. Sarum Dec. 17; Roman Dec. 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
  3. Sarum Dec. 18; Roman Dec. 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
  4. Sarum Dec. 19; Roman Dec. 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
  5. Sarum Dec. 20; Roman Dec. 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
  6. Sarum Dec. 21; Roman Dec. 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of Nations)
  7. Sarum Dec. 22; Roman Dec. 23: O Emmanuel (O God-With-Us)
  8. Sarum Dec. 23: O Virgo Virginum (O Virgin of Virgins)
The initial consonants of the antiphons (Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia) form a reverse acrostic spelling Ero cras — I will be there tomorrow. If the Sarum ordering is used, the initial consonants spell Vero cras — Truly tomorrow. Thus, the O Antiphons form a prayer to God that is its own answer from God.

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