O Oriens! O Radiant Dawn!

Roma St Peters at Sunrise Beatification JPII

O Morning Star, splendour of eternal light and sun of justice, come and illumine those seated in darkness and the shadow of death. … [Read more...]

O Clavis David! O Key of David!

O Key of David

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, who open and no one shuts, who shuts, and no one opens, come and free from prison him who sits in darkness and the shadow of death.O gates, lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory! Psalm 24 … [Read more...]

O Radix Jesse, O Root of Jesse!

Root of Jesse

Chanting these beautiful antiphons has really served to keep me centered, this week:O Root of Jesse, who stand as an ensign to the peoples, at whom kings stand silent and whom the gentiles seek, come and free us, delay no longer!And perhaps, in light of all we are grieving just now, it is good to sing this verse of O Come, O Come Emmanuel:O Come of Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell thy people save, And give them victory o'er the … [Read more...]

O Adonai, Leader of the House of Israel!

O Adonai Icon

O Adonai, and Ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and gave him the Law on Sinai, come to redeem us with outstretched arm! … [Read more...]

O Sapientia! O Wisdom! Antiphonal Healing

O Sapientia

Tonight, it begins; at Vespers, before the Magnificat, we take up the gorgeous "O"Antiphons. We chant them in full solemnity, with their wandering air, their voice of deep longing.We have been wandering, and longing, for a long, long time; we seek an end to the journey, and the wanting.As the whole nation is gripped in mourning and wondering what first to correct in ourselves, in our laws and our society, have we ever needed these powerful antiphons more than this week?Tonight: O … [Read more...]