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Monday, December 19, 2016

Are You Praying the Great O Antiphons?


Last week on December 16th we had a wonderful daily Mass homily by Fr. Richard Ley anticipating the O Antiphons. These are the antiphons that begin on December 17th and continue through Christmas Eve. Fr. Ley has a gift for preaching and it was clearly demonstrated as he described each of the antiphons that illustrate one of Christ's titles:


At the name of Jesus every knee will bow,
of those who are in heaven and on earth
 and under the earth. Phil 2:10

  • O Sapientia -- O Wisdom
  • O Adonai -- O Lord
  • O Radix Jesse -- O Root of Jesse
  • O Clavis David -- O Key of David
  • O Oriens -- O Radiant Dawn
  • O Rex Gentium -- O King of the Nations
  • O Emmanuel -- O God with us
After giving a brief explanation of each of the antiphons, Father pointed out that if you read the first letters in reverse they spell out a latin phrase, ero cras, "I will...tomorrow." We cry out, "O come, O come, Emmanuel" in the last of the O Antiphons and Emmanuel, God with us, responds to our pleading, "I will...tomorrow."

On Christmas morning we kneel at the side of the manger welcoming the newborn king who entered time in history to accompany and save us, who is still present with us today in the Eucharist, and who will come again at the end of time to judge the living and the dead. I plead for his grace and protection as the King of the Nations, the Prince of Peace.

As we approach the end of Advent and the coming "radiant dawn" of Christmas, let us praise Jesus in the O Antiphons with great love. He is, indeed, all wisdom, Our Lord and Savior, the root of all truth, the key to heaven, the King of all nations and God always with us. Come, Lord Jesus, come!



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