December 18, 2015

O Antiphons Prayer :: Ruler of the House of Israel

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons at 6:14 pm by davebayne

Bring your rule over the house of my heart
As you did long ago with the tribe of Israel.
I will clear my inner room of its egoism
Until I have sufficient space to welcome you.
I will open the window and freshen the air
So I can carry the fragrance of your goodness.
I will light the fireplace and kindle my Spirit
Until it flames high with enthusiasm for you.
I will stand by the door and wait expectantly
For you to come and fill my house with love.

~Joyce Rupp (Fragments of Your Ancient Name, December 18 Meditation)

December 17, 2015

O Antiphon Prayer :: Wisdom from the Most High

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons at 7:25 pm by davebayne

O Wisdom from the Most High,
Bring to us now your perceptive guidance.
Clear out our noise so we hear your voice.
Help us calm our frenetic hearts and minds.
Persuade us to open ourselves to you.
Enter our resistances and determinations.
Influence what lies unresolved on our path.
Counsel us when we forget you are near.
Steer us again and again toward the path
That leads us to integrity and truth.

~Joyce Rupp (Fragments of Your Ancient Name, December 17 Meditation)

December 23, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Come Emmanuel (O Emmanuel Sonnet)

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 4:28 pm by davebayne

O Emmanuel, our King and our Lawgiver,
The long-awaited hope of the nations,
Savior of all people;
O come, our Lord and God,
Set free the people whom you love.
~ Original O Antiphon for December 23

O Emmanuel Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite

O come, O come, and be our God-with-us
O long-sought With-ness for a world without,
O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.
Come to us Wisdom, come unspoken Name
Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,
O quickened little wick so tightly curled,
Be folded with us into time and place,
Unfold for us the mystery of grace
And make a womb of all this wounded world.
O heart of heaven beating in the earth,
O tiny hope within our hopelessness
Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,
To touch a dying world with new-made hands
And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

December 20, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Key of David (O Clavis Sonnet)

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 2:48 pm by davebayne

O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death
~ Original O Antiphon for December 20

O Adonai Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite

Even in the darkness where I sit
And huddle in the midst of misery
I can remember freedom, but forget
That every lock must answer to a key,
That each dark clasp, sharp and intricate,
Must find a counter-clasp to meet its guard,
Particular, exact and intimate,
The clutch and catch that meshes with its ward.
I cry out for the key I threw away
That turned and over turned with certain touch
And with the lovely lifting of a latch
Opened my darkness to the light of day.
O come again, come quickly, set me free
Cut to the quick to fit, the master key.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

December 19, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Root of Jesse (O Radix Sonnet)

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 1:19 pm by davebayne

O Root of Jesse, standing
as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer
~ Original O Antiphon for December 19

O Radix Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite

All of us sprung from one deep-hidden seed,
Rose from a root invisible to all.
We knew the virtues once of every weed,
But, severed from the roots of ritual,
We surf the surface of a wide-screen world
And find no virtue in the virtual.
We shrivel on the edges of a wood
Whose heart we once inhabited in love,
Now we have need of you, forgotten Root
The stock and stem of every living thing
Whom once we worshiped in the sacred grove,
For now is winter, now is withering
Unless we let you root us deep within,
Under the ground of being, graft us in.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

December 18, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Adonai

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 7:14 pm by davebayne

O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm
~ Original O Antiphon for December 18

O Adonai Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite
Unsayable, you chose to speak one tongue,
Unseeable, you gave yourself away,
The Adonai, the Tetragramaton
Grew by a wayside in the light of day.
O you who dared to be a tribal God,
To own a language, people and a place,
Who chose to be exploited and betrayed,
If so you might be met with face to face,
Come to us here, who would not find you there,
Who chose to know the skin and not the pith,
Who heard no more than thunder in the air,
Who marked the mere events and not the myth.
Touch the bare branches of our unbelief
And blaze again like fire in every leaf.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

December 17, 2013

O Antiphons :: O Wisdom (O Sapienta Sonnet)

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Poems at 3:55 am by davebayne

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the
Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
~ Original O Antiphon for December 17

O Sapientia Sonnet
By Malcolm Guite

I cannot think unless I have been thought,
Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken.
I cannot teach except as I am taught,
Or break the bread except as I am broken.
O Mind behind the mind through which I seek,
O Light within the light by which I see,
O Word beneath the words with which I speak,
O founding, unfound Wisdom, finding me,
O sounding Song whose depth is sounding me,
O Memory of time, reminding me,
My Ground of Being, always grounding me,
My Maker’s Bounding Line, defining me,
Come, hidden Wisdom, come with all you bring,
Come to me now, disguised as everything.
~ Malcolm Guite (http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com)
Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year by Malcolm Guite

December 22, 2012

O Oriens – Madeleine L’Engle

Posted in Advent, Contemporary Prayers, O Antiphons, Poems at 6:49 pm by davebayne

O come, O come Emmanuel
within this fragile vessel here to dwell.
O Child conceived by heaven’s power
give me thy strength: it is the hour.

O come, thou Wisdom from on high;
like any babe at life you cry;
for me, like any mother, birth
was hard, O light of earth.

O come, O come, thou Lord of might,
whose birth came hastily at night,
born in a stable, in blood and pain
is this the king who comes to reign?

O come, thou Rod of Jesse’s stem,
the stars will be thy diadem.
How can the infinite finite be?
Why choose, child, to be born of me?

O come, thou key of David, come,
open the door to my heart-home.
I cannot love thee as a king–
so fragile and so small a thing.

O come, thou Day-spring from on high:
I saw the signs that marked the sky.
I heard the beat of angels’ wings
I saw the shepherds and the kings.

O come, Desire of nations, be
simply a human child to me.
Let me not weep that you are born.
The night is gone. Now gleams the morn.

Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel,
God’s Son, God’s Self, with us to dwell.

~Madeleine L’Engle

December 23, 2011

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Posted in Advent, hymn, O Antiphons at 6:47 am by davebayne

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, our Wisdom from on high,
Who ordered all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, oh, come, our Lord of might,
Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height
In ancient times gave holy law,
In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come O Rod of Jesse’s stem,
From ev’ry foe deliver them
That trust your mighty pow’r to save;
Bring them in vict’ry through the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, O Key of David, come,
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, our Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by your drawing nigh,
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

Oh, come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Oh, bid our sad divisions cease,
And be yourself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!

December 17, 2011

O Antiphons – An Advent Litany

Posted in Advent, O Antiphons, Prayer Books at 4:20 am by davebayne

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care;
– Come and show your people the way to salvation.

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, you showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the holy law on Mt. Sinai;
– Come, stretch out your might hand to set us free.

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you;
– Come, let nothing deter you from coming to our aid.

O Key of David, O royal power of Israel, you control at your will the gate of heaven;
– Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice;
– Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O King of the nations, the only joy of every heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind;
– Come and save the creatures you fashioned from the dust.

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people.
– Come and set us free, Lord our God.

The Spirit and the Bride say: Come!
– Amen, Lord Jesus, come soon!

Prayer
Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warmth of your love
and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior
and give us the strength to grow in love,
that the dawn of his coming
may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
– AMEN.

Taken from: Franciscans at Prayer (1982)
http://datinggod.org/2011/12/02/a-litany-and-prayer-for-advent/