Wednesday, 17 December 2008

December 17 - Ember Day and O Wisdom

The liturgy enters a new level of intensity from today, with a new set of antiphons for each hour of the Divine Office every day from today, and the singing of the wonderful 'O' antiphons at Vespers.

It is also an ember day - traditionally a day of fasting and partial abstinence in preparation for the coming festivities - and a traditional time for ordinations!

It seems appropriate, therefore, to start of the cycle with a group of English Dominican students singing, as we pray for the two Australian Dominican ordinands for this Saturday!

The translation is:

O Wisdom,who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High, reaching out mightily from end to end, and sweetly arranging all things: come to teach us the way of prudence.

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