Over the past few days, I have been reprising posts for the O Antiphons in the Octave to Christmas: December 17/18, December 19, December 20, December 21 and December 22.

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’ meditations were as follows:

  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 sceptre of our home…)
  5. “O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae…” (O Dayspring, splendor of eternal light…)
  6. “O Rex gentium et desideratus…” (O longed-for King of the nations…)

The seventh meditation is:

“O Emmanuel, rex et legifer noster…” (O Emmanuel, our king and law-giver…)

The following posts explore two different readings for the last day of the octave:

The O Antiphon for December 23 (2013)

December 23: another O Antiphon for this day (2014)

Christmas Eve vigil readings conclude the Octave.

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