Friday, December 21, 2012

O Oriens - Come and Enlighten them that Sit in Darkness and in the Shadow of Death

The O Antiphon for December 21, "O Dawn of the East," is drawn from Isaiah 9:2. "Dawn of the East" is often translated as "Dayspring."

O Dawn of the East, Brightness of the Light Eternal and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

This Antiphon is rich in meaning on many levels. The Latin title O Oriens can be translated several ways. Oriens simply means East, but is also translated as Dawn, Daystar and Morning Star because they all rise in the East. All are harbingers of the sunrise which dispels the darkness.