Tuesday, December 23, 2003

22 & 23 DECEMBER -- "O" Antiphons

I missed posting yesterday. The "O" antiphon with the score and a real audio version for yesterday's antiphon "O Rex Gentium" can be found here. Today's "O" antiphon, O Emmanuel, is here.

The Benedictus antiphon for Lauds is tense with anticipation of the feast of Christmas: Ecce completa sunt omnia, quae dicta sunt per Angelum de Virgine Maria.

"Behold, all is complete, which was spoken through the Angel to the Virgin Mary!"

We beseech Thee, Almighty God, to purify our consciences by Thy daily visitation, that when Thy Son our Lord cometh He may find in us a mansion prepared for Himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. -Collect for the 4th Sunday of Advent from The Book of Divine Worship, the service book of the Anglican Use of the Roman Catholic Church.