They are a magnificent collection of prayers that use ancient biblical Imagery drawn from the hopes of the Old Testament. They proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but our own present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative "Come!" embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.
December 17 O Sapientia (Wisdom)
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
December 18 O Adonai (Lord)
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!
December 19 O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)
O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
December 20 O Clavis David (Key of David)
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
December 21 O Oriens ( Radiant Dawn)
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
December 22 O Rex Gentium (King of all nations)
O King of all nations
and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
December 23 O Emmanuel
our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
Our cries for the Lord to come, take on a sense of urgency, “Please Lord, come down to save us.” Each of these invocations is like a countdown. If we take the Latin initial of each title, in order, we get the acronym S A R C O R E. If we reverse those initials we get the Lord’s response to our prayers. “ ERO CRAS” which is latin for “Tomorrow I will come!”
May the Birth of Our Lord, which we celebrate on Christmas, be the answer to your heartfelt Advent prayers and may the coming peace of the newborn King reign in your heart and home. God bless all of you my dear friends!
Father Robert Letona