Advent Banners Inspired by the Great O Antiphons


These banners were designed and constructed specially for our Advent service of lessons and carols by members of the Trinity Choir.  Thank you to Donna Wiggin (coordinator), Beverly Henderson, Karen Kerswell, Lisa Jennings, Mary Slaby, Stella Acton-Greene, Marcia McKenna, and Fran Gilbert.  For a full description of the origin and significance of the Great O Antiphons, click here.


   O Wisdom,
       proceeding from the mouth of the Most High,
       Pervading and permeating all creation,
       mightily ordering all things:
   Come and teach us the way of prudence.


   O Adonai
       and Ruler of the house of Israel,
       Who appeared to Moses in the burning bush
       and gave him the Law on Sinai:
   Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us.


   O Root of Jesse,
       who stands for an ensign of the peoples,
       Before whom kings are mute  
       and to whom the nations will do homage: 
   Come quickly to deliver us.


    O Key of David 
        and Scepter of the house of Israel, 
       You open and no one can close, 
       You close and no one can open:  
   Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness
       and in the shadow of death.


  O Dayspring,
       Splendor of Light everlasting: 
   Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness
       and in the shadow of death.


  O King of Nations,
       The Ruler they long for, 
       the Cornerstone uniting all people:
   Come and save us all, whom you formed out of clay. 


    O Emmanuel, 
       our King and our Lord,
       The Anointed for the nations and their Savior:
   Come and save us, O Lord our God.


The banners have been hung (in the correct order) over the balcony where we can enjoy them for the rest of Advent and Christmas:


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  1. […] the online version here).  For more on the design and construction of the banners, please click here; for recordings of music from the Advent Lessons and Carols service for which the banners were […]

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