The Great O Antiphons

A collection of my translations of the Great Advent antiphons, made last year.  The last three were unpublished at the time:

O Wisdom, coming forth wonderfully from the mouth of the Infinitely High, reaching from end to end,  mightily and sweetly disposing all: come and show us the way of  prudence.

O Adonai, and Great General of the House of Israel, who to Moses in the burning flame of the thorn-bush appeared, and on Sinai did give the Law: come and redeem us with arm outstretched.

O Root of Jesse, who stands a sign amidst the peoples, before whom will be shut the mouths of kings, to whom the gentiles make their earnest prayer: come and liberate us, and no longer tarry.

O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel; who opens and none shuts, shuts and none opens: come, and bring forth from the house of bondage the one who is in chains, who sits in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

O Rising Sun, splendour of eternal light, and Sun of Justice: come, and illuminate those who sit in darkness, and the shadow of death.

O King of Nations, and their longed-for desire, cornerstone, who makes of two one: come, and save mankind, whom from clay you made.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, expectation of the Nations and their Saviour: come and save us, Lord our God.


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