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Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Great O Antiphons. 21 December.

Text and Illustrations taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal, 
unless otherwise stated.

File:Sandro Botticelli 062.jpg

English: Madonna and Child with two Angels.
Deutsch: Madonna und zwei Engel
Italiano: Madonna con due angeli.
Artist: Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510).
Date: 1468 - 1469.
Current location: Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte.
Source/Photographer: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. 
DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202
Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.
Permission: [1]
(Wikimedia Commons)

O Oriens.
The Great O Antiphon
for 21 December.
Available on YouTube at

 21 December:  Psalm cvi.  10.

O Oriens,
splendor lucis aeternae,
et sol justitiae;
veni et illumina sedentes in tenebris,
et umbra mortis.

O Dawn of the East,
brightness of the light eternal,
and Sun of Justice;
come and enlighten them that sit in darkness,
and in the shadow of death.

V. Rorate.

"Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant justium . . ."
"Ye heavens, drop down from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One."

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