Sapientia-tide Vespers

A virtual version of our annual tradition will be offered this year, and you can live-stream Sapientia-tide Vespers/Evensong on YouTube at the following times:

  • Wednesday, 16 December at 5:30 p.m.: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
    I Evensong of S. Ignatius of Antioch; commem. Feria IV in Advent: O Sapientia
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  • Thursday, 17 December at 5:30 p.m.: O Adonai (O Lord)
    II Evensong of S. Ignatius of Antioch; commem. Feria V in Advent: O Adonai
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  • Friday, 18 December at 5:30 p.m.: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
    Evensong of Feria VI in Advent: O Radix Jesse
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  • Saturday, 19 December at 5:00 p.m.: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
    I Evensong of the Fourth Sunday in Advent: O Clavis David
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  • Sunday, 20 December at 5:00 p.m.: O Oriens (O Day-spring)
    I Evensong of S. Thomas the Apostle; commem. the Fourth Sunday in Advent: O Oriens
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  • Monday, 21 December at 5:30 p.m.: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
    II Evensong of S. Thomas the Apostle; commem. Feria II in Advent: O Rex gentium
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  • Tuesday, 22 December at 5:30 p.m.: O Emmanuel (O God with us)
    Evensong of Feria III in Advent: O Emmanuel
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  • Wednesday, 23 December at 5:30 p.m.: O Virgo Virginum (O Virgin of virgins)
    Evensong of Feria IV in Advent: O Virgo virginum
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During the eight days leading up to the Christmas Feast, the Church’s contemplation of the Advent of her Lord becomes more clearly focussed. Each night at Evensong (Vespers), one of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons (sung before and after the Magnificat) provides a short meditation on one of his divine Names revealed in Holy Scripture: Wisdom, Lord, Root of Jesse, Key of David, Day-spring, King of the Nations, and God with us. The final ‘O’ Antiphon, O Virgin of Virgins, is a meditation on the Lord’s birth in time and space. At S. Bart’s we have recovered this great liturgical and contemplative tradition so that we might greet Our Lord with greater knowledge of the One we meet, the dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Sapientia-tide Vespers