Sunday, December 21, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 21

The front doors to the Church of Santo Volto di Gesù. This 21st century church was built in 2006 for the Parish of the Holy Face of Jesus. It was designed by architects Piero Sartogo and Nathalie Grenon.
O Oriens,
splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Morning Star,
splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined." Isaiah 9:2

The Benedictine  monks had a purpose in the way they ordered the "O Antiphons." The first letter of the Latin title of each one when  taken backwards (Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia) form a Latin acrostic of "Ero Cras" which translates to "Tomorrow, I will come."

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