18 Dec 2010

Advent - O Antiphons - December 17th - O Sapientia: O Holy Wisdom

On December 17, the O-Antiphon begins by invoking “Holy Wisdom,” the ancient feminine embodiment of the Divine Presence in the Hebrew Scriptures. Here is the Latin text, and a literal translation:

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

O Wisdom, who proceeded from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other and ordering all things powerfully and gently: come to teach us the way of prudence.

And here is how one might speak this ancient text for today:

O Holy Wisdom, how I long for you!
You are the Word of Life whispered by the Divine Presence.
With fierce tenderness you reach to touch the ends of the galaxy and the edges of the universe, inviting all creation to flourish.
Come, Holy Wisdom, show us wisdom’s ways.

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