O Virgo virginum

O Antiphons by Philip Chircop SJ

O Virgo virginum, quomodo fiet istud? Quia nec primam similem visa es nec habere sequentem. Filiae Jerusalem, quid me admiramini? Divinum est mysterium hoc quod cernitis.

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? For neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? . . . → Read More: O Virgo virginum

Christmas Eve

Hans Baldung Nativity

Nativity, by Hans Baldung (1485–1545). From Wikimedia.

O Lord Jesus Christ, thou that art higher than the highest and didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb: Humble us under thy mighty hand, that we may be accounted true citizens of the heavenly kingdom; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, . . . → Read More: Christmas Eve

O Emmanuel

23 December O Emmanuel by Philip Chircop SJ

O Emmanuel, by Philip Chircop SJ. P Antiphon for 23 December.

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

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The Fourth Sunday in Advent

Advent Wreath Advent IV

O Lord, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus . . . → Read More: The Fourth Sunday in Advent

O Rex Gentium

22 December O Rex gentium by Philip Chircop SJ

O Rex gentium, by Philip Chircop SJ. O Antiphon for 22 December.

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned . . . → Read More: O Rex Gentium

Winter (Advent) Ember Day: III

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Winter

Winter, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

O God, who dost ever hallow and protect thy Church: Raise up therein, through thy Spirit, good and faithful stewards of the mysteries of Christ; that by their ministry and example thy people may abide in thy favour, and be guided in the . . . → Read More: Winter (Advent) Ember Day: III

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O Oriens

21 December O Oriens by Philip Chircop SJ

O Oriens, by Philip Chircop SJ. O Antiphon for 21 December.

O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

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Winter (Advent) Ember Day: II

Sebastiaan Vrancx (studio) Winter

Winter, by the studio of Sebastiaan Vrancx (1573–1647). From Wikipedia.

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed divers Orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all those who are to be called to any office and administration in the same; . . . → Read More: Winter (Advent) Ember Day: II

Saint Thomas, Apostle

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, by Caravaggio (1571–1610)

Almighty and everliving God, who, for the greater confirmation of the faith, didst suffer thy holy Apostle Thomas to be doubtful in thy Son’s resurrection: Grant us so perfectly, and without all doubt, to believe in thy Son Jesus Christ, that our faith in thy sight . . . → Read More: Saint Thomas, Apostle