The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Wisdom, Which Comest Out of the Mouth of the Most High

For Advent

Author: Unknown

First appearing in St. Saviour's (Leeds) Sacred Hymns and Anthems (1846), and according to John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, repeated in K. Campbell's St. Andrew's Hymnal, 1850; Murray's Hymnal, 1852; in Hymns and Introits in the same year; and with the alteration of a word or two, and the addition of No. viii., in the enlarged edition of the Hymnal Noted, 1854.

Source: Rev. Joseph Oldknow, ed., Hymns and Introits (London: Masters & Son, 1870), pp. 46-48

See: Notes on Veni, Veni, Emmanuel

Anthems to be used at Evensong, from the 16th of December until Christmas Eve.

December 16 O Sapientia.

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

December 17 O Adonai.

O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel, Who appeardst to Moses in a flame of fire, and gave him the law in Sinai; Come and deliver us with an outstretched arm.

December 18 O Radix Jesse.

O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an Ensign of the people, at Whom the kings shall shut their mouths, Thou Whom the Gentiles shall seek; Come and deliver us now, tarry not.

December 19 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.

December 20 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.

December 21 O Sancte Sanctorum

O Holy of Holies, Unspotted Mirror of the Majesty of God, and Image of His Goodness; Come and destroy our iniquities, and bring to us everlasting righteousness.

December 22 O Rex Gentium.

O King and desire of all nations, Thou Corner-stone, Who hast made both one; Come and save man whom Thou formedst from the clay.

December 23 O Emmanuel.

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

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