The final days of anticipation have arrived and are marked by the “O Antiphons” – a 10-day series of short chants expressing the hopes for a Messiah as written about in the Old Testament. Read more about the “O Antiphons” at https://churchwonders.com/2022/12/16/the-os-of-christmas/
The “O Antiphon” today is about wisdom. The Latin word for wisdom is sapientia – and is considered the attribution of humanness to the trait of wisdom. It is a wonderful attribute of the longed-for Messiah over 2,000 years ago, and remains a wonderful trait today.
O sanctum Verbum Dei, cunctam creaturam tua adhuc tenera cura valida gubernas. Veni, et ostende populo tuo viam salutis.
O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.
The words of the Prophet Isaiah are particularly associated with Advent and these passages speak to the wisdom of the coming Messiah:
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,
and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.
This too comes from the LORD of hosts;
wonderful is his counsel and great his wisdom.
The Book of Proverbs has numerous references to wisdom – here are two:
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
Get wisdom, get understanding!
Do not forget or turn aside from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
love her, and she will safeguard you;
The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom;
whatever else you get, get understanding.
Extol her, and she will exalt you;
she will bring you honors if you embrace her;
She will put on your head a graceful diadem;
a glorious crown will she bestow on you.
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