The 1st Great Antiphon: O Sapietia — O Wisdom

O Highest Wisdom, come!

The O Antiphons reflections begin with O Sapietia or O Wisdom. Read more about the rich history of all seven O Antiphons, a great treasure of the Advent season.

December 17: O Sapietia (O Wisdom)

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.

Symbol: The all-seeing eye represents the all-knowing and ever-present God. During the late Renaissance, the eye was pictured in a triangle with rays of light to represent the infinite holiness of the Trinity. The lamp is a symbol of wisdom taken from the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25 (Image Source: Catholic Culture).

“Since Christ became incarnate in order to be our model of holiness, let us implore Christ, in these last days before Christmas, to give us the grace to grow in wisdom and prudence, according to the example He has given us.” (Reflection written by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)

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In the twentieth century, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt set a German translation of these antiphons for choral use under the title Magnificat Antiphonen. Here is his Antiphonen: No. 1: O Weisheit (O Wisdom). May it provide an opportunity for you to prayerfully reflect on the wisdom of God revealed through the incarnation of His son.

Related articles: The Great Antiphons & the Rich History of O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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