LAST SUNDAY'S RECOLLECTION at St Ignatius was a pretty good one. Using four exercises and prayer sessions, Fr Peter Kim introduced to us four of the seven 'O Antiphons': O Sapientia, O Clavis David, O Oriens and O Emmanuel. Now, i appreciate the song O Come, Emmanuel so much more. Also became more aware of how i can better prepare myself for Christmas.
As Fr William Saunders explained in the Catholic Herald, "... the seven antiphons are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, Dec. 17-23, with Dec. 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil...
"The importance of 'O Antiphons' is twofold: Each one highlights a title for the Messiah: O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord), O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), and O Emmanuel. Also, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah."
Finally, according to Fr Kim's notes, "The initials of each antiphon in the Latin in inverse order create the acrostic ERO CRAS (Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia). The translation of this, "Tomorrow I am to come" can be seen as the answer of Jesus Christ to our prayers during this Advent season."
Yes, maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!