17 December 2010

17 December - Ember Day; O Sapientia

This is the second Ember Day of this quarter.  The weather today traditionally foretells the weather of February.
Another clear, sunny, and cold day.
Today begins the Golden Nights - seven days preceding Christmas Eve, when we intensify our prayers for our Lord's coming by reciting the 'O Antiphons' before and after the Magnificat.

Tonight we begin with O Sapientia - O Wisdom.  I use the translation provided by Fisheaters.

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

O Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, 
that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, 
come to teach us the way of prudence!