This is a guest post by Sr. Jean Hopman, O.S.U.
The seven O Antiphons are short prayers that are found in the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer book of Christians. Beginning on December 17th and continuing for six days, the antiphon which precedes the Magnificat prayed at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, begins with “O,” and then names a special title for Jesus, the Messiah. The titles are rooted in the prophecies of Isaiah.
Join in this age-old prayer by singing or listening to your favorite rendition of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Then pray the O Antiphon followed by the Magnificat found in Luke 1:46-55. As the days pass, pay attention to the images of Jesus that resonate most deeply inside of you.
|O Wisdom||Isaiah 11:2-3|
|O Lord of Israel||Isaiah 11:4-5|
|O Root of Jesse||Isaiah 11: 1,10|
|O Key of David||Isaiah 22:22|
|O Radiant Dawn||Isaiah 9:2|
|O King of all nations||Isaiah 9:7|
|O Emmanuel||Isaiah 7:14|
What is your favorite Advent tradition?