O Wisdom, which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, and reachest from one end to another,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things: come and teach us the way of prudence.
Divine Worship: The Missal
‘To intone the great “O Wisdom” of the antiphon is to stand against Efficiency and Success. It is to recognise that idolatry does not change, only its forms. It is to acknowledge the absurdity of contemporary wisdom – the depersonalisation of the Unborn; the degradation of human dignity through genetic engineering; the despoliation of relationships by laboratory parenting; the human sacrifice of the unemployed to the demigod, Economy; the inadequate concern for the poor and homeless, the elderly and the ill. It is to acknowledge also the blindness of a society which, after approving such absurdity, then queries naively the rising crime rate, increased incidence of suicide, disaffection of its citizens and widespread collapse of family life’.
from Seven Bells to Bethlehem: The O Antiphons by Fr Oliver Treanor
Fr Lee Kenyon