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  • What are the "O Antiphons"?

    12/16/2015 10:09:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    CERC.org ^ | 2003 | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS What are the "O Antiphons"? The O Antiphons refer to the seven antiphons that are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, Dec. 17-23, with Dec. 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil. The exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known. Boethius (c. 480-524) made a slight reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence at that time. At the Benedictine abbey of Fleury (now Saint-Benoit-sur-Loire), these antiphons...
  • O Antiphons -- A Devotional Meditation

    12/07/2015 7:12:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    O Antiphons – A Devotional Meditation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 6, 2015 • The Catholic Church has been singing the “O Antiphons" since about the 8th century. They were first composed as antiphons to accompany the singing of the Magnificat in Vespers of the Divine Office. They were composed for the last week of Advent, December 17th -- 23rd.They are a compact and beautiful theology that draws on biblical themes of the Old Testament. As such, they proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and hopes. They also express current longings rooted in those themes....
  • Advent "O" antiphons begin: Pray Vespers with the Church!

    12/17/2011 3:16:42 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Te Deum ^ | December 17, 2011 | Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS
    While the world has alreadybeen celebrating a very secular "christmas" since before the Thanksgiving holiday, Christiansought notget caught up in the emptiness of it all. Easter is now about bunnies and Christmas about buying and giving extravagant, and sometimes mountains of gifts for others. Some will give to God what little time is left over, and other believers will give Him virtually not time at all. Wtihin moderation, there is nothing wrong with gift giving. But that should come secondary to something else..... We must all ask ourselves if the practice of our faith revolves around our lives or...
  • "O Antiphons" for the Week before Christmas (Dec. 17-23) [Ecumenical]

    12/15/2011 7:04:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    The Roman Catholic Lectionary Website ^ | December 20, 2010 . | compiled by Felix Just, S.J., Ph.D.
    "O Antiphons" for the Week before ChristmasIntroduction: Most familiar today from the Advent hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," the seven traditional "O Antiphons" are actually more than a thousand years old. They have long been used at the very end of Advent (Dec. 17-23) in the liturgical prayer of the Church, as Antiphons for the "Magnificat" sung or recited during Vespers (the Evening Prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours). Since the Second Vatican Council, they have also been adapted (slightly reworded and rearranged) for the "Alleluia Verse" of the Mass (the short scriptural text or paraphrase that immediately...
  • "O Emmanuel, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/18/2010 10:52:35 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 19, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Emmanuel, Come (Matthew 1:18-25)And now we come to the last of the seven O Antiphons, O Emmanuel. You see it there in your hymnal, on the page facing the hymn; its the one listed for December 23. Youll find it also in your bulletin. So lets pray this Emmanuel antiphon together: O Emmanuel, our king and our Lord, the anointed for the nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God. This word Emmanuel--it sounds familiar enough, but what does it mean? The word Emmanuel with an E is just the Latin spelling of the Hebrew...
  • "O King of the Nations, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/15/2010 7:36:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 15, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O King of the Nations, Come (Haggai 2:1-9, 20-23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Matthew 28:18-20)In our Advent series on the O Antiphons, today we continue with King of the nations. Youll find it there in your hymnal or in the bulletin. Let us pray this antiphon together: O King of the nations, the ruler they long for, the cornerstone uniting all people: Come and save us all, whom You formed out of clay. Now this title for Christ, King of the nations, is sometimes also referred to as Desire of nations, not that the word king means desire--it doesnt--but that this king...
  • "O Dayspring, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/11/2010 9:00:30 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 12, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Dayspring, Come (Malachi 4:1-6; Luke 1:67-79; Revelation 22:16-20)The fifth of the seven O Antiphons is our theme for today, O Dayspring, Come. You see it there in your hymnal, as well as in your bulletin. Lets begin by praying this antiphon together: O Dayspring, splendor of light everlasting: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. The term Dayspring is not a word you hear every day. But you are hearing it on this day. We just sang, O come, Thou Dayspring from on high. And it comes up in stanzas in two...
  • "O Key of David, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/08/2010 9:00:16 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 8, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Key of David, Come (Isaiah 22:20-25; Revelation 1:12-13, 17-18; 3:7-13; Luke 1:26-33)O Wisdom, O Adonai, O Root of Jesse. And now today, O Key of David, the fourth of the seven great O Antiphons. You see it there opposite Hymn 357, and its also in your bulletin. So lets begin by praying together the Key of David antiphon: O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open: Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and in the shadow of death. What...
  • "O Root of Jesse, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/04/2010 9:01:05 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 5, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Root of Jesse, Come (Isaiah 11:1-10; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 1:1-17)Today we continue with the third of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, these prayers addressing the coming Christ. This one begins, O Root of Jesse. You see it there on the page facing Hymn 357, as well as in your bulletin. Let us now pray this antiphon together: O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute, to whom the nations will do homage: Come quickly to deliver us. O Root of Jesse, Come. The Scripture on which this antiphon is...
  • "O Adonai, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    12/01/2010 8:30:24 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 1, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Adonai, Come (Exodus 3:1-15; Revelation 5:1-14; John 8:48-59)Today we continue with the second of the seven O Antiphons of Advent, O Adonai. You can see it there in your hymnal, opposite Hymn 357, and it is also printed in your bulletin. Let us pray that antiphon together: O Adonai and ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai: Come with an outstretched arm and redeem us. I suppose the first thing to ask about this antiphon is, What is this strange word, Adonai? Thats not English,...
  • "O Wisdom, Come" (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons)

    11/27/2010 8:48:20 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | November 28, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    O Wisdom, Come (Proverbs 8:12-31; Colossians 1:15-20, 28; 2:2-3; John 1:1-5, 9)The Advent hymn we just sang, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, goes back about 900 years, to the 12th century. But the texts on which this hymn is based go back a few centuries before that, even--maybe 1200 years ago or more. They are known as the Great O Antiphons, and you can see them printed there on the facing page in your hymnal (LSB 357). What is an antiphon, you ask? An antiphon is a little framing verse that is sung before and after a canticle or a...