Advent Devotional | December 17



December 17
Christ as Sapientia (Wisdom)
Isaiah 11:2-3, 28:29




Today begins the O Antiphons. They are called the O Antiphons because they all begin with the letter word ‘O’: they address Jesus by one of His Old Testament titles. They are fervent prayers asking our Lord to come to us.


An interesting side note mentioned; taking the first letter of each title of Jesus starting with the last and you spell, EROCRAS or ‘ero cras’ which means, “Tomorrow I come.”


The O Antiphons begin on the 17th of December, seven days before the Vigil of Christmas.

The song ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ takes its lyrics from the O Antiphons.


After the Antiphon is recited, pray the Magnificat:


My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded the humility of His handmaiden.

For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath done great things to me, and holy is His Name. And His Mercy is from generation unto generations upon them that fear Him.

He hath shewed might in His arm, He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He hath sent empty away.

He hath received Israel, His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our Fathers, Abraham and His seed forever.


Wisdom–The first and highest gifts of the Holy Spirit. It makes the soul responsive to God in the contemplation of divine things. Where faith is a simple knowledge of the articles of Christian belief, wisdom goes on to a certain divine penetration of the truths themselves. Built into wisdom is the element of love, which inspires contemplative reflection on these divine mysteries, rejoices dwelling on them, and directs the mind to judge all things according to their principles.
Fr. John Hardon– Modern Catholic Dictionary


To have a mind that would judge all things according to the principles of love and divine mystery. To judge the intentions of my husband, children, friends, fellow shoppers…and not just the actions. That would make for a pretty different day wouldn’t it?


That would make for a pretty different life!


Advent Devotional @Plain Grace


Jesus, I pray for the grace of Your wisdom. I pray for the overwhelming desire to dwell on You, to be penetrated by You and to see You in others.  If I could do this one thing, I would surely become a saint of great love for You and for those who are Yours.



Hi there, I’m Jenny. I’ve been married to Chris for 21 years and we have seven children–teen to toddler—who I homeschool. I am also the author of The Catholic Child’s Teaching Bible©. My life; It’s messy and beautiful and blessed beyond measure.
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  1. So, I was having a stressful day. My son decided while I was cooking to play some soothing music. He said Mom this one’s for you and it was O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

    Just know that as a coming home catholic in 1995, I still really didn’t know about the O Antiphons. Shamefully, neither did he.

    As I listened to the music and reread it’s significance, it was as though a sword of love pierced my heart and the tears of joy and gratitude flowed.

    Anyway, thanks and God bless you.

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