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O Antiphons

December 22: O King of the Nations

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust (Christian Prayer, 133). We recall that the “O Antiphons” are directly from Sacred Scri...
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December 21: O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death (Christian Prayer, 130). In a way similar to the “O Antiphon” from December 17th (O Wisdom), today’s “O Antiphon” ha...
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December 20: O Key of David

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom (Christian Prayer,...
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December 19: O Root of Jesse

O flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in Worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid (Christian Prayer, 124). Our third...
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December 18: O Lord

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free (Christian Prayer, 121). In the antiphon of the Magnificat at ev...
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Advent Wreath Prayer Service for Fourth Sunday of Advent

This weekend marks the fourth and final Sunday of Advent. In just a few days now, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Just what His coming means for us we have reflected upon with the help of the “O Antiphons” of Advent....
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December 17: O Wisdom

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation (Christian Prayer, 118). As we reflect on this first of the great “O Antiphons” of Advent, it is worth rest...
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Praying the “O Antiphons” of Advent

As quickly as the Advent Season came upon us, it now quickly draws to a close. Beginning tomorrow, we turn the homestretch, as it were, to the birth of Our Savior, Jesus Christ on Christmas. Over the course of the past few weeks, we have reflect...
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