O, Sophia, grieve
torn children! O Wisdom's Womb,
tame Terror's Heart!
For over 1,000 years, the traditional daily prayers for the last week before Christmas are called the O Antiphons. They cry out to various images and qualities of God to come, be with us, and save us. The Litany of the Great River by Meinrad Craighead introduced me to this tradition. I look for my deepest heart pray using these calls.
O God, great womb of wondrous love,
your Spirit moving on the deep
did wake a world within yourself,
a pulsing, lighted world from sleep.
Now come with rest, O Sabbath sun,
O Sanctuary, sacred home,
we groan till all is grown complete,
fulfilled, at peace, O Great Shalom.
Text, Harris J. Loewen, Assembly Songs, 1983