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An Invitation to Pray the “O” Antiphons

December 16, 2016

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Since at least the 6th century, the “O” Antiphons have been a part of the celebration of Advent. Each of the seven antiphons sets forth an aspect of Jesus’ majesty from the book of the prophet Isaiah. The “O” Antiphons are recited or chanted preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours from December 17 to 23. I invite us to make them part of our Advent journey this year.

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The well-loved Advent hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is based on the “O” Antiphons. A rendition of this hymn by the Clare College, Cambridge Choir is embedded below. We’ll be singing this hymn and praying all of the “O” Antiphons at our 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services this Sunday, December 18.

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For more information about the “O” Antiphons, you can click here, and then type in stpaulscalgary as your email address and God’s Grace as your password, to access a document entitled “0025. What are the ‘O Antiphons’  (2008).” There are print copies of this document on our Advent Resources table in the Hall.

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3 Comments
  1. Hi, John! Thanks for catching this. I’ve added the image for Dec. 18. Sorry I didn’t notice your comment sooner!

  2. John Provinsal permalink

    The O Antiphons depicted by the stained glass images below have omitted the O Adonai (O Lord) stained glass for December 18th. Is there any chance we can update the file with that missing O Antiphon so we can use it to decorate our Advent tree anticipating Christmas?

    On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 5:32 AM, Pastor’s Postings wrote:

    > pastorfergus posted: ” Since at least the 6th century, the “O” Antiphons > have been a part of the celebration of Advent. Each of the seven antiphons > sets forth an aspect of Jesus’ majesty from the book of the prophet Isaiah. > The “O Antiphons” are recited or chanted precedin” >

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