Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House

Saint Augustine's House

Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House


O Emmanuel

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 23 – Latin: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster. English: O Emmanuel, our King and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God.

O King of Nations

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 22 – Latin: O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti. English: O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.

O Morning Star

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 21 – Latin: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English: O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O Key of David

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 20 – Latin: O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. English: O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no...

O Root of Jesse

“Great 0” Magnificat Antiphon for December 19 – Latin: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. English: O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you...

O Adonai

“Great O” Magnificat Antiphon for December 18 – Latin: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento. English: O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the...

The “Great O” Antiphons

December 17 – The “Great O” Antiphons begin at Vespers as they surround the singing of the Magnificat. The importance of the “O Antiphons” is twofold. First, each one is a title for the Messiah. Secondly, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah. The Latin antiphons are...

Sext in Advent

Advent Sext – Short Lesson and Verse – In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” ~Jeremiah 23:6 V. Visit us with your salvation, R. That we may see the blessedness of your people.

Vespers in Advent

Advent Vespers, before December 17 – Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord; behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son, alleluia. ~Magnificat antiphon

Saint John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross – (1542-1591) – Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest. After John joined the Carmelite order, Saint Teresa of Avila asked him to help her reform the movement. His life of poverty and persecution could have produced a bitter cynic. Instead it gave birth to a compassionate mystic, who lived...