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O Antiphons

Reflection on the ‘O’ Antiphon – 17th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Wisdom. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Wisdom, You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come, to teach us the way of truth. In the Magnificat Antiphon today we begin the first of the great 鈥淥 Antiphons鈥 rejoicing in our expectation of the Saviour鈥檚 coming and asking him to come to us under the particular manifestation of each Old Testament title. In this first Antiphon we address Christ as Wisdom and ask him to 鈥渢each us the way of truth鈥. In praying and reflecting on this text, I have been particularly struck by the fact that, as St Paul says, Christ is 鈥渙ur […]

By |December 17th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 23rd December

O Emmanuel 鈥 You are our King and Judge,the one whom the peoples await and their Saviour.Come and save us Lord Jesus, Come.The time of waiting is coming to an end. Soon the mystery of the Incarnation will be re-enacted once more in our liturgical celebrations and especially in our hearts. What have we to offer the Christ Child this year? Maybe not much, and yet the whole raison d鈥櫭猼re for his coming hinges round the question 鈥 why is the Father about to send his own Beloved Son to take on our humanness, our earthiness, our poverty? God sends his Son for one reason only: because he loves us 鈥 in fact he is madly in love with us.Will we ever fathom this reality? He comes in silence, in lowliness, in poverty to knock at our door and asks us to give him a lodging for […]

By |December 23rd, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 22nd December

Today we have the sixth ‘O’ Antiphon bringing us nearer to our wonderful celebration.O King whom all the peoples desire,you are the cornerstone which makes all one.O come and save man whom you made from clay.Jesus is our King, our hearts are waiting for the joy and peace that he brings to each one of us so to pitch his royal tent within us. Are we ready to be part of the building of which Christ is the corner stone? Are we ready to be made one and alive, for Christ is the living stone on which we build our lives. St Paul writes to the Ephesians: In union with him you too are being built together with all the others into a place where God lives through the Spirit. We pray “O come” and indeed our King comes to save us who he made from clay. Such is […]

By |December 22nd, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 21st December

鈥 O Rising Sun, you are the splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.鈥滻n this 鈥淥鈥 Antiphon the three metaphors- the rising Sun, splendour of the eternal light and sun of justice 鈥 all symbolise Christ, the Son of God, the promised Messiah whose birth as our Saviour we will celebrate in four days time. Jesus calls Himself the 鈥楲ight of the World鈥 in St. John鈥檚 Gospel( 9:5) and St. John, in the Prologue says that He is the 鈥 true light who enlightens all men鈥 and 鈥 a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower鈥.(1:5) This assurance gives us courage to turn to Christ in our own various darknesses which may be a darkness of : […]

By |December 21st, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 20th December

O Key of David and sceptre of Israelwhat you open no one can close again;what you close no one can open.O come to lead the captive from prison;free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.Todays “O Antiphon” is almost directly taken from various parts of scripture (cf Rev 3:7ff; Lk 1:79a). In this “O Antiphon” we have reference again to King David. Our Lord is addressed as “Key of David and sceptre of Israel”, which are symbols of royal power and authority. We read in St Matthews Gospel Mt 16:13ff, in that well known passage at Caesarea Philippi, where in answer to Jesus’ question “who do you say I am?” Simon Peter spoke up, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Jesus replied, “Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this […]

By |December 20th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 19th December

O Radix JesseO stock of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations;kings fall silent before you whom the people acclaim.O come to deliver us, and do not delay.Today we address our awaited Saviour with the title 鈥榮tock of Jesse鈥 鈥 as Isaias foretold:鈥淎 root shall grow from the stock of Jesse,and a branch shall spring from his rootsand the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him鈥.Jesse was the father of King David from whose royal line the future Messiah would be born. When we read the genealogy of Jesus most of the characters mentioned were not very praise worthy according to human standards. Yet God鈥檚 infinite, all powerful wisdom, compassion and merciful love were at work throughout salvation history not allowing human failure, sin, malice nor indifference to interfere or thwart His divine plan. The promised Messiah will indeed come from David鈥檚 line […]

By |December 19th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 18th December

鈥極 Adonai, Ruler of the house of Israel, who gave the Law to Moses on Sinai,come to save us with out-stretched arm, Alleluia鈥.This is a prayer made from a truly humble and trusting heart, that knows its need of our heavenly Father to save us.The theme of God鈥檚 outstretched arm to help his people is found frequently in Scripture and must surely touch us deeply. For example Psalm 97 鈥 鈥楬is right hand and his holy arm have brought salvation鈥.There is something comforting in arms outstretched towards us, we feel needed and loved and this gives us an inner security.In daily life, we often see a loving mother or father stretch out their arms to save their child from some danger or simply to swoop the child up to give a hug.When we return from a journey after a long absence, what a joy it is to be […]

By |December 18th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

The ‘O’ Antiphons: 17th December

鈥淥 Sapientia鈥 鈥 17th December Advent, as we all know, is a time of longing, expecting 鈥 waiting and hoping that Jesus will come anew to each of us.Yesterday we began our 9-day Novena for the great feast of Christmas, and today and for the next six days we accentuate that longing and find its expression most beautifully in the great Vesper antiphons for the Magnificat, called the 鈥淥鈥 antiphons, because they all begin with 鈥極鈥. These antiphons will be used each evening before and after the Magnificat, and as the Gospel Acclamation at Mass, daily, for the next 7 days.The initials of each antiphon in Latin, in reverse order are: E = Emmanuel […]

By |December 17th, 2010|Liturgy|0 Comments

23rd December – O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, You are our king and judge, the One whom the people await and their Saviour. O come and save us, Lord our God.Today we have the 7th and last ‘O Antiphon’ – it is a cry from the heart to our Saviour to come and save us. It is also a cry of hope because we know that He will come and will save us – so we prepare our hearts to welcome His coming as we pray:Almighty God, now that the birthday of your Son as man is drawing near,we pray that your eternal Word,who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary,and came to dwell among us,will show your unworthy people the greatness of His love and mercy,who lives and reigns with you and the Holy SpirtGod, for ever and ever.

By |December 23rd, 2009|Liturgy|0 Comments

22nd December – O King

O King whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one 鈥 O come and save man whom you made from the clayLike the other O antiphons which we have sung during the past few days this antiphon is a cry from the heart to our Saviour to come to save us.Today we address Him as King whom all peoples desire 鈥 yes we greatly desire Him because as St Augustine reminds: 鈥淗e has made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.鈥滿an is described as 鈥渕ade from clay鈥 reminding us of our origins in the Book of Genesis 鈥 God shaped man from the soil of the ground and blew the breath of life into his nostrils and man became a living being. In some ancient cultures the king because of his royal office was referred to as […]

By |December 20th, 2009|Liturgy|0 Comments