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The Christmas Proclamation

+JMJ+ This text gets read at Prime this morning in the Extraordinary Form of the Office. There is no Prime in the Little Office of Paul VI (let the Reader Understand), so it doesn’t get read mostly, although it gets … Continue reading

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O Virgin

+JMJ+ O Virgo virginum, quomodo fiet istud? Quia nec primam similem visa es nec habere sequentem. Filiae Ierusalem, quid me admiramini? Divinum est mysterium hoc quod cernitis. O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? For neither before was any … Continue reading

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O Emmanuel

+JMJ+ O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the one awaited by the gentiles, and their Savior: come to save us, Lord our … Continue reading

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O King

+JMJ+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 the one they desired,keystone,who makes both peoples one,come and save mankind,whom you shaped from the mud. There is this curious … Continue reading

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O Oriens

+JMJ+ O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.O Dawn, splendor of eternal light, and sun of justice, come, and shine on those seated in darkness, and in the shadow of … Continue reading

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O Clavis

+JMJ+ O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel, qui aperis, et nemo claudit, claudis, et nemo aperuit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of … Continue reading

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O Radix

+JMJ+ O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. O Root of Jesse, who stand as a sign for the people, kings stand silent … Continue reading

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O Adonai

+JMJ+ O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses … Continue reading

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O Sapientia

+JMJ+ O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter, suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae. O Wisdom, who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, reaching out mightily from end … Continue reading

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The Empirical Bogey (O Oriens)

Originally published in 2015, this essay is part of a series I used to do annually on the Great O Antiphons of Advent. This Verse will be sung tonight at Vespers and, since this night is the Longest Night, and … Continue reading

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