O’ Sapientia

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O Wisdom, O holy Word of God,
you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care:
Come and show your people the way to salvation.


 The “O” antiphons start today. They are the Magnificat antiphons prayed at vespers with each giving a different title of Jesus. In the beginning of the Advent seasons one of the meanings of this season is that of preparation, and in preparation for anything, a person has to know what they are preparing for. These “O” antiphons give at least one hint of who this Jesus of the Christmas nativity is. The first title is O’Wisdom or O Sapientia. Wisdom it is said comes with age, implying that it comes later in life. Wisdom is different from knowledge, it might be considered an insight into knowledge; it imparts meaning and understanding to facts. If Wisdom comes with old age, isn’t it a bit of an enigma the” O’Wisdom” is about to enter this world as an infant? To add puzzle to puzzle; the infant, that beginning stage of human life, is also the alpha and the omega; the infant that exists before all time and after all time. How great is that wisdom compared to any grand knowledge I think I might possess? That is the wisdom of the word made flesh.The O antiphons put to meter are the verses of “O Come, O Come, Emanuel.” Here is the “wise” verse of that hymn:

“O Come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

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