Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Celebrating the end of Advent with the O Antiphons

The O Antiphons began yesterday. Most people are familiar with these traditional prayers without knowing it, because they're the verses of the famous hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", addressing Jesus as "O Wisdom" and "O Lord", "O Root of Jesse", etc. There's one verse for each of the last days of Christmas.

Rachel talks about these in the Advent section of "Let Us Keep the Feast", but if you want some more excellent resources on this devotional practice as we enter this last week before Christmas, can I recommend the blog "Lent and Beyond"? They've got some great, info-thick posts on how to devotional pray the O Antiphons, including:

-This overview
-This devotional on the first Antiphon ("O Wisdom")
-On having an Advent Choral Service in your own living room.

My thanks to Karen B. for passing these on!

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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