A short clip of our community singing the O Antiphon for the 21st of December (the Dominican version).
O Rising Sun ...
In this "O" Antiphon the three metaphors- the rising Sun, splendour of the eternal light and sun of justice -- 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 'Light of the World' in St. John's Gospel( 9:5) and St. John, in the Prologue says that He is the " true light who enlightens all men" and " a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower".(1:5)
This assurance gives us courage to turn to Christ in our own various darknesses which may be a darkness of : prejudice; lack of compassion; judging and condemning others; resentment; anger; envy; selfishness or the darkness which blinds us to the awareness of our own sins, shortcomings and failures. We acknowledge that we are in great need of light and healing from Christ, the source of light and the singing of this antiphon in a few minutes time will give us the opportunity to turn to Him in earnest prayer asking Him to shed His light on us and on all humanity so that the darkness of sin may be dispelled from our hearts and we may be healed and renewed by His love.
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