Harold Macdonald's Muse


Sonnets of Advent The Great "O" Antiphons


William Marshall's O COME EMMANUEL -- Autumn 2007


The Great ďOĒ Antiphons






Stockholm Candelabra

by Ikea




So Young -

O Virgo Virginum


Harold Macdonald

So young to offer God your innocence

you, human natureís solitary boast;

mother, of the Son of God, the host

you are obedience, giving no offense.

Through such a one, the Holy Spirit comes

from heaven to earth to turn things upside down;

the mighty from their seats of power are thrown,

the self of God incarnate in your womb.

The meek shall rise, and peace shall come on earth.

The lowly folk on the periphery,

they, in your arms, Godís very splendour see

when the Fatherís only Babe, you birth. 

Your life makes possible the purposes of God

You, more than other women, we applaud.