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As we are in the week before Christmas, I have been posting the O Antiphons for each day.

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 Bible verses behind SARCORE — ero cras — are 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 scepter 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…)
  7. “O Emmanuel, rex et legifer noster…” (O Emmanuel, our king and law-giver…)

If those phrases seem familiar, the ancient Advent hymn O Come, O Come, Emmanuel refers to the O Antiphons.

So far, I have posted on the S (here and here), the A (here and here), the R (here and here) and the C.

Appropriately, the O Antiphon for December 21 — Winter Solstice — is all about light, the coming Light of the World. You can read an exposition of Isaiah 9:2 below:

The O Antiphon for December 21

The theme is about living not only in a physical darkness but also in a spiritual one.

When the O Antiphons were read and meditated upon regularly, some people preferred to focus on St Thomas’s feast day instead.

Surely, one can do both.

In closing, I extend my prayers and best wishes to anyone born on this special — and shortest — day; may you have a celebration free from combination gifts (birthday-Christmas)!

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