Monday, December 17, 2007

O Sapientia

"O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
" *

As we come to the seventh day before Christmas Eve, here in the Third Week of Advent, we can observe the ancient tradition of the Great "O" Antiphons, a series of seven prayers to Jesus in the spirit of the Season of Advent.

I see it as a way to counter the culture of Christmas-consumerism; it's my effort to mimic the revolutionary spirit of the folks at Advent Conspiracy: we have an opportunity, as Christians, to stand up and proclaim that we will not be subverted to the secularization of Christmas. Indeed, as followers of Jesus, we have an amazing opportunity to stand athwart the emptiness of the buy-me culture and declare that this is the season of Advent; a period of remembrance of the longing of a world without Christ, and a reflection on the future of a world when Christ comes again.

It may surprise us to recall that we are not presently in the season of Christmas; indeed, that season begins at sundown on December 24 and ends at sundown on January 5 (the night before Epiphany).

Let us, then, subvert the world and proclaim the Coming Christ. We may do so with tonight's prayer: the Prayer of December 17, is "O Sapientia," or "O Wisdom," the name Jesus claims as the divine Logos, the Word of God Incarnate.

The wisdom of this world flails impotent before the overwhelming Reason and Truth of the Wisdom that comes forth into the Universe out of the very mouth of Almighty Creator; a Great Invader: to free the captives, proclaim the truth, and to reign as God's Word enfleshed.

* From the Latin, "O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae." For more information, visit


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