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Praying the O Antiphons, day 1: December 17- O Sapientia (Wisdom)




Questions for meditation

How does Jesus and his ministry embody the Wisdom of God and call us to do likewise?

How do you see the claims of the antiphon in the Magnificat?


Antiphon

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

 

Then pray the Magnificat:

And Mary said,

My soul overflows with your greatness, O Adonai;

            My spirit rejoices in you, O Savior of All the Nations!

For the light of your countenance has dawned over me

            despite my humble state.

From now and throughout eternity

            even those yet born will call me Blessed

                    and sing of the great things you have done for me,

                    exulting in the holiness of your Name.

You pour out your mercy on those who stand in awe of you

            those who revere you,

                    from ages untold to ages yet to come.

Your strong arm shields the humble

            and levels the proud in their isolating conceit.

You have razed the thrones of those who rule by might

            while setting the lowly and gentle upon seats of honor.

You have satisfied the hungry with abundant delights

            while giving the rich a begging bowl, sending them away empty-handed.

You have come to the aid of your people unfailingly

            fulfilling your promises to our ancestors,

                   to the children of Hagar, Sarah, and Abraham forever,

                   standing among us from time immemorial.


Repeat the antiphon

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.

 

 


Prayer references for the antiphon:

Ecclesiasticus 24:1-3:

“Wisdom praises herself,   and tells of her glory in the midst of her people.In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,   and in the presence of his hosts she tells of her glory:‘I came forth from the mouth of the Most High,   and covered the earth like a mist.


Wisdom of Solomon 8:1:

“She [Wisdom] reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, 

and she orders all things well.”

 

Isaiah 40:10-14:

“See, the Lord God comes with might,   and his arm rules for him;his reward is with him,   and his recompense before him.11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd;   he will gather the lambs in his arms,and carry them in his bosom,   and gently lead the mother sheep. 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand   and marked off the heavens with a span,enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure,   and weighed the mountains in scales   and the hills in a balance?13 Who has directed the spirit of the Lord,   or as his counsellor has instructed him?14 Whom did he consult for his enlightenment,   and who taught him the path of justice?Who taught him knowledge,   and showed him the way of understanding?”

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