The Herb Of Grace

Theology and Poetry, Politics and Prose

Thursday, December 18th in the season of Advent December 18, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:10 am

Living With Longing

Praying with the Jews, the Church, and the World

The last seven days of Advent are celebrated by praying the O Antiphons; they act as a ramp leading us up to the celebration of the season of Christmas.  These prayers were created in the 7th century by monks seeking to creatively express the increasing cry of urgency in the Old Testament for the Messiah to come to Israel.

Throughout the next week, we worship with the saints down through the ages, we groan with longing and anticipation with the Jewish people under Roman imperial rule and we groan with those who are today under oppression from imperialism.  Let us all cry out together for a different kind of King, one who desires not the sacrificing of others but the love which is willing to sacrifice itself.

O Wisdom which came out of the mouth of the most high,
reaching from one end to another, mightily and sweetly ordering all things;
come and show us the way of understanding.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

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