O Sapientia

O Sapientia

O Sapientia or O Wisdom, is the first of the O Antiphons. I describe them in this earlier post here.  The Antiphon for O Sapientia that is found in the Breviary and prayed during the Magnificat is:

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter,
suaviter disponensque omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

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.

In the Alleluia Verse for Mass it is reworded as so:

Dec. 17:
Sapientia Altissimi, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

And then finally in the Hymn it is worded as:

Veni, O Sapientia, quae hic disponis omnia,
Veni, viam prudentiae ut doceas et gloriae.

(2) O Come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

So as you can see, throughout the whole verse, it may change somewhat with the context it is being used in, but it still stays the same for the most part. This verse can be referenced in the following Scriptural Passages:

Wisdom 8:1

Isaiah 11:2-328:29

Proverbs 8:1-36

John 1:1-5

The video below is of the Latin Chant for O Sapientia, for all of you out there who enjoy that type of stuff as much as I do!

Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

Published by Father Corey D. Bruns

I'm a Priest of the Diocese of Owensboro, KY and Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Bowling Green, KY.

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