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:
- “O Sapientia, quae ex ore altissimi…” (O Wisdom from on high…)
- “O Adonai et dux domus Israel…” (O Lord and leader of the house of Israel…)
- “O Radix Jesse qui stas in signum populorum…” (O Root of Jesse who stood as a standard of the people…)
- “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:
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.