The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Wisdom Which Camest Out of the Mouth of the Most High

For Advent

Words: Veni, Veni, Emanuel (the "O" Antiphons),
Authorship Unknown, 8th Century Latin;
Published As A Hymn in Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, 7th Edition, Köln, 1710.

Translator: Unknown

Music: "Veni Emmanuel," Based on a 15th Century French Processional,
Arranged by Rev. Thomas Helmore  and harmonized by Rev. S. S. Greatheed in
Hymnal Noted, Part II (London: 1856)

Accompanying Harmonies to the Hymnal Noted-Part II
(London: 1858)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
Melody Only: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

Meter: 88 88 88

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: Arthur H. Dyke Acland, Ed., Liturgia Domestica; or, Services for every morning and evening of the week from the Book of Common Prayer, for the use of families. To which are appended, Sentences, Prayers and Hymns for the Commemoration of the Seasons of the Church (Oxford: J. H. Parker, 1840), pp. 139-141.

The following Sentences are translations of Seven Ancient Anthems, alluded to on December 16, in the Calendar, under the words “O Sapientia,” which were formerly sung on seven days preceding Christmas day.

Dec. 16 or 17. O Sapientia.

O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things; Come, and teach us in the way of understanding.

Dec. 18. O Adonai.

O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel, who appearedst to Moses in a flame of fire in the bush, and gavest him the law in Sinai; Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.

Dec. 19. O Radix Jesse.

O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, thou to whom the Gentiles shall seek; Come, and deliver us now, tarry not.

Dec. 20. O Clavis David.

O Key of David, and sceptre of the House of Israel, thou that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth; Come and bring the prisoner out of the prison house, and him that sitteth in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

Dec. 21. O Oriens.

O Orient, Brightness of the Everlasting Light, and Sun of Righteousness; Come and enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.

Dec. 22. O Rex Gentium.

O King and Desire of all Nations, Thou Cornerstone, who hast made both one! Come and save man, whom thou formedst from the clay.

Dec. 23. O Emmanuel.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, Hope of the Gentiles, and their Saviour; Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Note: This additional text followed the antiphons:

The Advent Invocation.

O Thou who didst come down in the form of sinful men, who shalt come again inglory to judge the world.

Glory be to thee, O Lord.

Appropriate Psalms—ii, xix, xlvii, l, lxxxv, xciii, xcvi, xcvii, xcviii.
See: Psalms Appropriate To The Advent

Prayer in Advent.

O GOD, who by thy Church hast appointed this holy time as a preparation for the great solemnity of thy mercy in the birth of our Redeemer, grant that we may make a right use thereof, and so employ this Advent as to prepare our souls for meeting him, and may search into all our sins, and enter upon such means as may be necessary to over come them, that having a memory of thy judgments, we may be watchful over all our ways, and calling over the account of our whole lives may accuse and condemn our selves, and laying hold of the mediation of thy blood, O Blessed Jesus, and looking for none other but thee, and placing our whole confidence in thee, may find mercy with thee , and acceptance in the last great day. Amen.

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