O Antiphons (Digital)


Composer: Peter Hallock

For SATB mixed choir, unison voices, organ, and handbells. Designed for use within the context of an Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols. See extensive notes on preview page. You may also be interested in a more complex, unaccompanied setting of the Great O Antiphons.

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Antiphon 1
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponsensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High, and reach from one end of the earth to the other, mightily and sweetly ordering all things: come and teach us the way of prudence.

Antiphon 2
O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

O Adonai, ruler of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush; on Mount Sinai you gave him your law: with outstretched arm, come and redeem us.

Antiphon 3
O radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

O root of Jesse, you stand as an ensign to the peoples; before you kings shall keep silence, all nations bow in worship: come and save us and do not delay.

Antiphon 4
O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O key of David, scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no one closes; you close and no one opens: come and deliver us from the chains of prison–we who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Antiphon 5
O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis.

O Rising Dawn, brightness of the light eternal, sun of righteousness: come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Antiphon 6
O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

O King of nations, and their desire, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one: come and save the creature whom you have fashioned from clay.

Antiphon 7
O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, expectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the desire of the nations and their salvation: come and save us, O Lord our God.