Each antiphon is a name of O come divine messiah satb pdf, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. December 17 to December 23 inclusive. The exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known.
By the eighth century, they are in use in the liturgical celebrations in Rome. The usage of the O Antiphons was so prevalent in monasteries that the phrases, “Keep your O” and “The Great O Antiphons” were common parlance. One may thereby conclude that in some fashion the O Antiphons have been part of our liturgical tradition since the very early Church. Tomorrow, I will be “, mirroring the theme of the antiphons. Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, Tomorrow, I will come.
Therefore, the Lord Jesus, whose coming we have prepared for in Advent and whom we have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us, Tomorrow, I will come. So the O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion. Such a cryptic medium is not a common quality of liturgical practice and theology. Moreover, the number of O Antiphons varied from church to church and religious community to community, and those without ERO CRAS did not fashion their antiphons to construct a cryptic message. God communicates to humanity in his Son. The encrypted message that he will ‘come tomorrow’ is not characteristic of how the church brings its worship traditions to light.
The importance of the “O Antiphons” is twofold. Come and teach us the way of prudence. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore. To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.