The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Wisdom, Who Hast Proceeded

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: Rev. Pacificus Baker, O.S.F.

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: Pacificus Baker, O.S.F., The Christian Advent, or Entertainments for that Holy Season: In Moral Reflections and Pious Thoughts and Aspirations. (London, 1755), pp. 91-129.

"On the Solemn Antiphons, or, Great O's."

Editor's Note: On these pages, we are given the Latin Antiphon, an English translation, a meditation and a prayer for each of the days from Dec. 17 through Dec. 23.

Dec. 17. O Sapientia. p. 91.
O Wisdom, who hast proceeded out of the Mouth of the Most High, reaching from End to End, strongly and sweetly disposing all Things: Come and teach us the Way of Prudence.

Dec. 18. O Adonai. p. 97.
O Adonai, and Leader of the House of Israel, who didst appear to Moses in the Fire of the flaming Bush, and didst give to him the Law on Mount Sinai: Come and redeem us with a stretched out Arm.

Dec. 19. O Radix Jesse. p. 103.
O Root of Jesse, who standest for a Sign of the People, before whom Kings shall shut their Mouths, whom the Gentiles shall beseech: Come and deliver us. Do not now delay.

Dec. 20. O Clavis David. p. 109.
O Key of David, and Scepter of the House of Isarael, who openest and no one shuttest, who shuttest and no one openeth: Come and lead out of Prison the Bound sitting in Darkness and the Shadow of Death.

Dec. 21. O Orient. p. 115.
O Orient, Brightness of eternal Light, and Sun of Justice: Come and enlighten them who sit in Darkness and in the Shadow of Death.

Dec. 22. O Rex Gentium. p. 120.
O King of the Gentiles and their desired one, and the Corner Stone who makest both one: Come and save Man whom thou hast formed out of the Slime of the Earth.

Dec. 23. O Emmanuel. p. 125.
O Emanuel our King and Lawgiver, the Expectation of the Gentiles and their Saviour: Come andd save us, O Lord, our God.

Editor's Note.

The Second Edition was published in 1759 and the Third Edition published in 1782. O.S.F. is "Ordinis Sancti Francisci", that is, Order of Friars Minor, but commonly known as the Order of St. Francis, that is, the Franciscians.

For the text of the antiphons and meditations, see: Baker, The Solemn_Antiphons (1755).

1st Edition (1755):

2nd Edition (1759): 

Rev. Baker was the author of numerous volumes of devotional texts.

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