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Advent - O Antiphons Devotion Book Cover

Some background for this:

The Great O Antiphons are seven brief prayers that are traditionally chanted or sung on successive evenings starting on December 17. The precise origin of these texts is unknown. However, by the 8th and 9th centuries, the church in Rome and monastic communities throughout western Europe were using them at evening worship services during the season of Advent. These ancient supplications beautifully express the Christian church's profound yearning for her long expected Savior. They continue to be part of the seasonal devotions of many churches today. The Great O Antiphons form the basis of the popular Advent hymn, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by English hymnographer John Neale.


The Great O Antiphons are rich in meaning and nuance. Each antiphon begins with the acclamation "O," addresses Christ by one of His messianic titles from the Old Testament, and ends with a heartfelt plea for His coming. The sequence of the antiphons is theologically precise, progressing from before the creation of the universe, through the messianic prophecies of Israel, and culminating with the Incarnation and birth of Christ in Bethlehem. The initials of each Latin title -- Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, and Emmanuel -- combine to form SARCORE. When this is arranged backwards, it spells ERO CRAS, which means "Tomorrow, I will be." This wonderful coincidence has fascinated Christians since the Middle Ages because Christ seems to answer the pleas of the Great O Antiphons by promising to come to His people on Christmas Eve (December 24), the day after the singing of the final antiphon.

from stpaulskingsville.org


I thought that along with meditations, I would put together a little 4x6 book. I've been thinking about a style/theme - and I've been inspired by the look of Illuminated bibles I've seen. Here is my cover. Supplies in EXIF.


For more information about how this came to be, see this post: Advent - Devotions To Prepare

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This is lovely, Elisha. I love the way you used the translation of the Latin words (SARCORE) with their meaning in reference to Christ. This was very enlightening. Can't wait to see your pages (if you choose to share).

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Beautiful! This does have the look of a the medieval book of hours. How kind of you to share this labor of love.

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