Today the real countdown to Christmass begins, with the first of the O Antiphons. These are seven short verses, traditionally sung before and after the Magnificat during Vespers in the last seven days of Advent, based on titles for Christ.
There’s a really neat pattern in them too, but you’ll have to wait to find out what it is.
We begin with O Sapientia – O Wisdom:
who came forth from the mouth of the Most High,
and reaches from one end to the other,
ordering all things mightily and sweetly:
Come, and teach us the way of prudence.