E Te Whakaaro Nui – O Wisdom

‘E te whakaaro nui, haere mai ki a matou’


During the final 7 days of Advent, evening prayer (Vespers) uses a series of sung responses known as ‘O Antiphons’.  Each is a call for the coming of Christ with a different name or attribute of Christ used daily. Today’s the first of the seven, is ‘O Sapientia’ – ‘O Wisdom’:

‘O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.’

This wonderful little short from ‘The Work of the People’ with poet Malcom Guite explores Guite’s beautiful Advent sonnets and seems an appropriate way to begin our final week of Advent.