Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Monday, 19 December 2016

The Great O Antiphons. 19 December.

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

"Madonna and Child",
Brügge Cathedral,
"Onze-Lieve-Vrouwkerk", Belgium.
Photo: 7 February 2005.
Author: Elke Wetzig (elya).
(Wikimedia Commons)

"O Radix Jesse".
The Great O Antiphon
for 19 December.
Available on YouTube at

19 December: Isaias xi. 10.

O Radix Jesse,
qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos,
jam noli tardare.

O Root of Jesse,
Who standest for an ensign of the people,
before whom kings shall keep silence,
and unto Whom the Gentiles shall make their supplication:
come to deliver us,
and tarry not.

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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