Every moment of time is ordered according to God. So Holy Mother Church has always followed that order. Its jewel in the west has always been that of Gregorian Chant, and specifically, the Order of the Mass, The Order of the Office, and so forth. Things to give the day purpose, rhythm, things that keep our gaze fixated on the Prize.
When one Celebrates Mass, or does the Daily office, one usually recites (or sings) an Antiphon, or Something that more or less hits home with the readings of the day. The last
days of Advent are a time just like that, but with a Joyful anticipation that we are not meant to completely understand or grasp. These have affectionately been classified as the “O Antiphons”, As each one, over the next 7 days will begin with ….You guessed it “Oh” this, that or the other. They All point to understandings of the messiah. They dont specifically call him by name, because honestly, how does one describe the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords… simply with words?
I sadly…missed the First O Antiphon… as its 1:07 on Dec 18 as I am writing this – So Well Do the Two, Who Call to mind both the Eternal Holy Wisdom (The Hagia Sophia), And God as he manifested himself on Sinai, the Leader of the People, and giver of Law and order. Israel no longer is one nation, but all of us, those who call ourselves children of the One True God ; This Same God comes to us in the Person of His Son, in just a few short days
Trivia – See if you can figure out what “Hymn” (not the same as an antiphon) Came from these Texts, dated back past the 9th Century!
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!
See the Spoiler Below 🙂 ‘
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.
O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.
Rejoice, Rejoice, Emmanuel, Shall come to you Oh Israel!