O Antiphons, O Antiphons!

For some reason whenever I say “O Antiphons” I start say it to the tune of “O Christmas Tree” from Charlie Brown.

The “O” Antiphons are possibly my favorite part of the Advent season. They are prayed during Evening Prayer as part of the Magnificat from December 17-23.  Each antiphon is a title for Christ mentioned throughout scripture. They serve as a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and to show the fulfillment of the Old Testament. I just love the O Antiphons so much!

December 17th, “O Wisdom”:

O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!

Read Isaiah 11:2-3 and 28:29

December 18th, “O Lord of Israel”:

O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!

Read Isaiah 11:4-5 and 33:22

December 19th, “O Root of Jesse”:

O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!

Read Isaiah 11:1, 11:10, and Romans 15:8-13

December 20th, “O Key of David”: 

O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

Read Isaiah 22:22 and 9:6

December 21st, “O Radiant Dawn”:

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.

Read Isaiah 9:2 and Malachi 4:1-3

December 22nd, “O King of All Nations”:

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Read Isaiah 9:7 and 2:4

December 23rd, “O Emmanuel”:

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!

Read Isaiah 7:14

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