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As we are in the week before Christmas, I have been posting each day’s O Antiphon.

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), the C and the O.

Today’s theme is Rex — King — as mentioned in Isaiah:

The O Antiphon for December 22 (Isaiah 9:6, upon which Handel based Messiah)

December 22: another O Antiphon for this day (Isaiah 2:4)

Each of the two posts has a full exposition on the respective verses.

Ero cras was no doubt turned into SARCORE as each letter builds on the last. Yesterday’s focus on the Key of David — the key being one of office — brings us neatly to the theme of Christ the King in today’s meditation.

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