Over the past few days, I have been reprising posts for the O Antiphons in the Octave to Christmas: December 17/18, December 19 and December 20.

The O Antiphons spell out SARCORE. These are an aide memoire, because, reversed, they spell out in Latin ero cras, which means

I shall be [with you] tomorrow.

The preceding days focussed on the following themes:

  1. O Sapientia, quae ex ore altissimi…” (O Wisdom from on high…)
  2. O Adonai et dux domus Israel…” (O Lord and leader of the house of Israel…)
  3. “O Radix Jesse qui stas in signum populorum…” (O Root of Jesse who stood as a standard of the people…)
  4. “O Clavis David et sceptrum domus…” (O Key of David and scepter of our home…)

The meditation for December 21 — Winter Solstice — not suprisingly, concerns light:

“O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae…” (O Dayspring, splendor of eternal light…)

A full exposition can be found below:

The O Antiphon for December 21

December 21 is also St Thomas’s feast day.

If you were born on the shortest day of the year, may I wish you a very happy birthday — one free of combination (birthday-Christmas) presents — and many happy returns.