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On the Last O Antiphon

On the Last O Antiphon

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OH MY! WHERE has the time gone? As you might expect, I am rapid work mode finalizing preparations for our Christmas Eve Solemn High Mass, putting together the bulletin, rehearsing with the Altar Party, rehearsing with the Choir for the thirty-minute prelude from Handel's Messiah with String Quartet and Organ and still working eight-hours-a-night somewhere in there. Oh yes -- and getting ready for my trip back to Indiana! Needless to say, my O Antiphon meditations were dropped. They were dropped like a sack of forgotten, tacky Christmas Tree Ornaments from the fifties (you know what I'm talking about).

SO, TO MAKE it up to you, my most faithful and kind readers, here is an audio file of yours truly chanting the last O Antiphon, O Virgin of Virgins. This Antiphon is interesting because it is only found in the English Use (and not in the Roman Rite). I trust that if you're interested in the minutia of how the addition of this Antiphon changes the acrostic or what-have-you, there is the proverbial Wikipedia page. In the English Usage, it is set to be sung at Evening Prayer or Vespers tonight.

I ONLY WENT through it twice before recording, so be kind. Also, I seemed to have forgotten the last line of the Antiphon "That which ye behold is a divine mystery". I'd love to go back and do it again, but I'm afraid I'm short on time, so it will have to stand as is. Click right here to download the file. Anyway, I hope this is of some benefit to you:

Antiphon: O Virgin of Virgins, how shall this be? For neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? That which ye behold is a divine mystery.

My soul doth magnify the Lord, *
and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
For he hath regarded *
the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold from henceforth *
all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, *
and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him *
throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; *
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, *
and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, *
as he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: *
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon: O Virgin of Virgins, how shall this be? For neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? That which ye behold is a divine mystery.
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