O Emmanuel

December 23rd Liturgy of the Word Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24Luke 1:57-66 O Emmanuel O come, O come, and be our God-with-usO long-sought With-ness for a world without,O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.Come to us Wisdom, come unspoken NameCome Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,O quickened little wick so tightly curled,Be folded with …

O Rex Gentium

December 22nd Liturgy of the Word 1 Sam 1:24-28Luke 1:46-56 O Rex Gentium O King of our desire whom we despise,King of the nations never on the throne,Unfound foundation, cast-off cornerstone,Rejected joiner, making many one,You have no form or beauty for our eyes,A King who comes to give away his crown,A King within our rags …

O Oriens

December 21st Liturgy of the Word Song of Songs 2:8-14Luke 1:39-45 O Oriens First light and then first lines along the eastTo touch and brush a sheen of light on waterAs though behind the sky itself they tracedThe shift and shimmer of another riverFlowing unbidden from its hidden source;The Day-Spring, the eternal Prima Vera.Blake saw …

O Radix Jesse

December 19th Liturgy of the Word Judges 13:2-7, 24-25Luke 1:5-25 O Radix Jesse All of us sprung from one deep-hidden seed,Rose from a root invisible to all.We knew the virtues once of every weed,But, severed from the roots of ritual,We surf the surface of a wide-screen worldAnd find no virtue in the virtual.We shrivel on …

O Adonai

December 18th Liturgy of the Word Jeremiah 23:5-8Matthew 1:18-24 O Adonai Unsayable, you chose to speak one tongue,Unseeable, you gave yourself away,The Adonai, the TetragramatonGrew by a wayside in the light of day.O you who dared to be a tribal God,To own a language, people and a place,Who chose to be exploited and betrayed,If so …

O Sapientia

December 17th Liturgy of the WordGen 49:2, 8-10Mat 1:1-17 O Sapientia I cannot think unless I have been thought,Nor can I speak unless I have been spoken.I cannot teach except as I am taught,Or break the bread except as I am broken.O Mind behind the mind through which I seek,O Light within the light by …