Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Sunday, 18 December 2016

The Great O Antiphons. 18 December.

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

English: Christ is born.
Deutsch: Christi Geburt.
Artist: Lorenzo Lotto (1480–1556).
Date: 1523.
Current location: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
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 Adonai".
The Great O Antiphon
for 18 December.
Available on YouTube at

18 December: Exodus iii. 2, xx. 1.

O Adonai,
et dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimentum nos in brachio extento.

O Adonai,
and Leader of the House of Israel,
who didst appear to Moses in the flame of
the burning bush,
and didst give unto him the Law on Sinai:
come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.

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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