O Radiant Dawn & O King of All Nations

We had website problems yesterday and I wasn’t able to post the printable. I put it on my twitter feed, but I’m also including it in the post today.

For a less brief description of these beautiful O Antiphons, check out the first: O Wisdom!

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death!

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save us whom you formed from the dust! December 21 - siteDecember 22 - site

O Key of David

Day 4 of the O Antiphons:

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

For a less brief description of the O Antiphons, head over to Decemeber 17th’s: O Wisdom!

Enjoy this free printable! (Right click and ‘save as’ or it’s equivalent)

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O Wisdom

Today is the start of the O Antiphons, which are nothing more or less than the antiphon for the liturgy of the hours, and often before the Gospel at daily Mass.

These seven antiphons preceding Christmas all start with “O”, hence their excruciatingly non-original names that they’re known by. They are beautiful (and very short) reflections of our remembrance of God coming into the world, of God in this world, and of God who is to come into the world.

They are some of my most favourite little reflections and prayers that occur in our liturgical year, and I’ve made a printable for each day for them, starting with today (sorry it’s a late start – family life was a bit crazy this morning). Tomorrow’s will be up much earlier. Just right-click and hit “save as” or it’s equivalent to save it to your desktop. You can print from there (card stock holds up well if you’re hanging it).

Happy last week of Advent! O Wisdom, come teach us! Decemebr 17 - site


Full text of the antiphons varies by interpretation. My Divine Office app reads it as such:

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.

Wikipedia interprets it like this:

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.

Latin (found on wiki) reads:

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.