O Come, Thou Wisdom from on high.


This is the second Advent reflection based on the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  The second verse of the hymn is actually the first of seven petitions addressed to God, under different titles, on each of the final days of Advent.  In the books of Proverbs and Wisdom (no surprise there), Holy Wisdom is depicted as a feminine figure.  She was with God, at the moment of creation, giving order to all things as God commanded, “Let there be…”  Holy Wisdom was at play in Eden even before there was an Adam or an Eve.  A truly wise person understands that in our short time on God’s Earth, we ae part of a much, much larger still unfolding plan.  So today we sing, “Wisdom of God be with me, always at work in me.  Shine your holy light for me on the path of true knowledge.”

Click on the link, O Antiphons , for a list of all seven of the antiphons that are sung as part of Evening Prayer, one each evening from December 17 through December 23. Even if you are unfamiliar with Evening Prayer, here are just three suggestions on how you might incorporate them into your prayers during the closing days of Advent: 

Recite the antiphon for the particular day as you light your Advent wreath before dinner.


Recite the appropriate antiphon before and after praying “The Magnificat.” Actually, that’s when the antiphon is sung during Evening Prayer, but you could do that at any time of the day.


If you’re more ambitious, here’s a link to a FREE booklet of reflections from Notre Dame University'sMcGrath Institute.