Today we begin to count down the last 7 days until Christmas. This also means that we begin to sing the Great O antiphons at Vespers each day – usually known simply as the ‘Great O’s’ . These antiphons have been sung for centuries in Monasteries all over the world and here in Colwich we continue this tradition which unites us with others and prepares us more deeply to accept and recieve Christ in the mystery of His incarnation. Each day over this next week I will share them with you all.

Monday 17th December.

O Sapientia  quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom  you come forth from the mouth of the most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner, O Come to teach us the way of truth.