O: The Magnificat Antiphons, parts I & II1.
O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other,
mightily and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
O Come, Sophia,
encircle us with your long arms,
convict us with your smile.
Teach us to watch the fox
and the owl; show us the terror
of the rabbit and the vole.
Frosted grass blackens
under our heavy feet.
Show us a gentler way.
2. O Adonai
O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
O Come, Lord of might,
Great Lady of the stern face,
punisher of sinners. Come
and seize us by the scruffs,
knock our heads together,
make us sit in hard chairs
on either side of the battered
kitchen table. Set the timer
for five minutes, and when it rings,
make us say “We will love
one another” as if
we mean it.