So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

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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