Sunday, 17 December 2006

Countdown spectacular

When I was a boy I was fascinated by the entry in the calendar that says of December 17 "O Sapientia". No one ever really referred to it or did anything on it.
It was only a dozen or so years later that I found it marked the beginning of the earnest Christmas preparation....and each day has a special song (or antiphon) to sing in Evening Prayer before the Magnificat which is sung (or used to be sung) each day during that service. cut a long story short these begin on December 17 with O Sapientia...O Wisdom and culminate on Christmas Eve with O Emmanuel...for obvious reasons.
So the earnest countdown begins today. The Blessed J who loves (or loveth) to sing plainsong will enjoy singing O Sapientia today so the music is provided.
I wonder what other O's there should be [the traditional ones are powerful see here if you are inclined).
But I think also of:
O Jeff!...who will probably not see another Christmas and who I must see tomorrow.
O Carol!...the carol service tonight needs to come out of my mind and into reality
O Dear!...yes there are still half a dozen presents to buy and I will have to brave O Traffic! and O Parking! at O Westfield!
O misericordiae!...have not yet connected with my confessor
O joy! O rapture! O love unbounded! (G&S fans will understand)'s is such a hoot of a season. Really fun and really serious.


Anonymous said...

In Relgious Communities, where these days have plainsong music for them, they are called the Great O's because each one starts as you say with O, and in plainsong, the O goes OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO for ever, before you get to the next word.
Lots of fun

stephen clark said...

Have completed O Jeff (a bit sad) and O Tom (not previously mentioned...but he is in good health)
O Carol went really well.
O Dear is half completed and O Parking at Westfield was not too bad when I arrived but bedlam as I left...someone pleased to get my prime spot. [please don't make me go again]