The “O Antiphon” for December 17.
“O Wisdom, which comes forth from the mouth of the Most High, permeating all of the universe, disposing all things with strength and tenderness: Come to teach us the path of prudence.”
Reflection: There are seven “O Antiphons”. They are found in the Old Testament (although they are often combinations of several verses found throughout the prophetic books) and refer to Jesus Christ under the titles He is called there. They have two parts: first, an acclamation proclaiming Jesus as coming from the Father, the Messiah; the second part is a petition. By proclaiming Him, in this case the Wisdom that comes from the Father, we then ask Him to teach us the virtue of prudence. Traditionally, the O Antiphons are offered by those who pray the Divine Office. The O Antiphons are part of the Church's liturgy and prayer for the seven days immediately preceding Christmas.
We pray: O God, Creator and Redeemer of human nature, who willed that your Word should take flesh in an ever-virgin womb, look with favor on our prayers, that your Only Begotten Son, having taken to himself our humanity, may be pleased to grant us a share in his divinity. We ask this through Him who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
+In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.