Plainchant: O Sapientia

PlainchantThe antiphon O Sapientia is the first of the so-called seven great “O” antiphons (all start with the interjection “O”) for the seven days preceding Christmas Vigil. I will be publishing in the next days all seven antiphons (one for each day), and tomorrow one interesting aspect can be noticed that is common to all seven: they use the same chant melody. This is the first of seven invocations (starting with “O…”) to the coming of the Messiah and they refer to each of Isaiah’s prophecies. The O Sapientia text reflects the prophecy describing the Messiah as coming from the mouth of the Most High (quae ex ore altissimi), because he is the incarnate word of God the Father. These are very interesting texts for a reflexion and it is by no coincidence that they appear in the days preceding Christmas. This antiphon is to be sung with the Magnificat at the end of second Vespers. The melody in Mode II is, like alm

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,attingens a fine usque ad finem,fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae

(O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,reaching from one end to the other,mightily and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence)

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