Today begins the O Antiphons. Traditionally, listed from last to first in Latin they spell ERO CRAS, which means “Tomorrow, I will come.” That’s what we are waiting for in Advent, the second coming of Christ. We celebrate his birth while awaiting his second coming.
The O Antiphon for today is O Sapientia, O Wisdom. Each antiphon has a corresponding verse in “O Come, Emmanual.”
O come, O Wisdom from on high,
who orders all things mightily,
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go
“Does not wisdom call, does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, in the paths she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the sons of men. O simple ones, learn prudence; O foolish men, pay attention. Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right; for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are righteous; there is nothing twisted or crooked in them. They are all straight to him who understands and right to those who find knowledge. Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. I, wisdom, dwell in prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” Prov. 8.1-12