PRAY THE “0” ANTIPHON OF EACH DAY ON ITS PROPER DAY AS A SHORT PRAY.

The “O Antiphons” of Advent

The Roman Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from Dec. 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah. 

Dec. 17 
O Wisdom of our God Most High, 
guiding creation with power and love: 
come to teach us the path of knowledge! 
 
Dec. 18 
O Leader of the House of Israel, 
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: 
come to rescue us with your mighty power! 
 
Dec. 19 
O Root of Jesse’s stem, 
sign of God’s love for all his people: 
come to save us without delay! 
 
Dec. 20 
O Key of David, 
opening the gates of God’s eternal 
Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness! 
 
Dec. 21 
O Radiant Dawn, 
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: 
come and shine on those who dwell 
in darkness and in the shadow of death. 
 
Dec. 22 
O King of all nations and keystone of 
the Church: come and save man, 
whom you formed from the dust! 
 
Dec. 23 
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of 
Law: come to save us, Lord our God! 
 
— From “Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers” 

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1 Response to PRAY THE “0” ANTIPHON OF EACH DAY ON ITS PROPER DAY AS A SHORT PRAY.

  1. Tim Gibson says:

    Hi Your Excellency,

    If you have a fund that you would like a contribution, please let me know. I believe you are doing GOD’S WORK. The antiphons as prayers article was very apt.

    Yours truly,

    Tim Gibson

    On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:56 AM ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP wrote:

    > abyssum posted: ” The “O Antiphons” of Advent The Roman Church has been > singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the > antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from > Dec. 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that us” >

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