The Great "O" Antiphons
December 16 O Sapientia
O Wisdom, * which camest out of the mouth or the Most High, and reachest from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
December 17 O Adonai
O Adonai, * and Leader of the house or Israel, who appearedst in the bush to Moses in a name of fire, and gavest him the law in Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
December 18 O Radix Jesse
O Root of Jesse, * which standest for an ensign of the people, at whom kings shall shut their mouths, unto whom the Gentiles shall seek: Come and deliver us, and tarry not.
December 19 O Clavis David
O Key of David, * and Scepter of the house of Israel; that openest and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth: Come, and bring the prisoners out of the prison-house, them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death.
December 20 O Oriens
O Day-spring, * Brightness of the Light everlasting, and Sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death.
December 21 O Rex gentium
O King of Nations, * and their Desire; the Cornerstone, who makest both one: Come and save mankind, whom thou formedst of clay.
December 22 O Emmanuel
O Emmanuel. * our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God.
December 23 O Virgo virginum
O Virgin of Virgins, * how shall this be? for neither before thee was any seen like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? The thing which ye behold is a divine mystery.