The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Great O Antiphons

For Advent

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

Music: "Veni Emmanuel," 15th Century French Plain Song melody,
Arranged and harmonized by Thomas Helmore in
Hymnal Noted, Part II (London: 1856)
Based on a 15th Century French Processional
(Some sources give a Gregorian, 8th Century origin.)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML
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See: Notes on the Great O Antiphons and Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Source: The Antiphoner & Hymner - A Collection of Antiphons, Hymns and other Material for the Enrichment of the Daily Office in Congregations of the Western Rite, Vicariate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, St. Gregory the Great Orthodox Church, Washington, DC. (2007), PP. 259-260.

The Great O Antiphons

December 16: O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the most High, and reachest from one end to another, mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: * Come and teach us the way of prudence.

December 17: O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, who apearedst in the Bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gavest him the law in Sinai: * Come and deliver us with a out-stretched arm.

December 18: O Root of Jesse, which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, to whom the Gentiles shall seek: * Come and deliver us, and tarry not.

December 19: O Key of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel; 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 the shadow of death.

December 20: O Day-spring, Brightness of Light everlasting, and Sun of Righteousness: * Come and enlighten him that sitteth in darkness, and the shadow of death.

December 21: O King of nations, and their Desire, the Cornerstone, who makest both one: * Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay.

December 22: O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation: * Come and save us, O Lord, our God.

December 23: O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? For neither before was any like thee, nor shall there be after. * Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? The thing which ye behold is a divine mystery.

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