O Antiphons (The great Antiphons) III : O Radix Jesse (Lyric Video)


Adoration of the Cross


Published on Dec 20, 2018

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The Great Antiphons shapes this week in a unique way in order to help Christians concentrate on the coming of the Messiah and prepare them for Christmas Eve. One of the most beautiful features of these seven 'Golden Nights' is the singing of the 'O' antiphons, sung at Vespers each evening between December 17 and December 23. These short songs of praise accompany the Magnificat, Mary's prayer recorded by Saint Luke at the moment of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth.
The importance of the "O Antiphons" is twofold. First, each one is a title for the Messiah. Secondly, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah.

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