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  • 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 already been celebrating a very secular "christmas" since before the Thanksgiving holiday, Christians ought not get 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; it’s the one listed for December 23. You’ll find it also in your bulletin. So let’s 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.” You’ll 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 doesn’t--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. Let’s 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 it’s also in your bulletin. So let’s 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’? That’s 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...