O Antiphons

Daily Catholic Quote — O Emmanuel

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O Emmanuel: “O Emmanuel (God with us), our King and lawgiver,the expected of the nations and their Savior:come to save us, O Lord our God!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 23rd) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — O Rex Gentium

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O Rex Gentium: “O King of the gentiles and their desired One,the cornerstone that makes both one:come, and save man, whom you formed out of the clay!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 22nd) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — O Oriens

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O Oriens: “O dawn of the east,radiance of light eternal, and sun of justice:come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 21st) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Christ’s Imminent Arrival

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“If the Incarnation doesn’t bewilder you, you’re not thinking about it enough.” The readings at Mass today explode with anticipation. We have waited patiently during these weeks. Throughout Advent, the daily Mass readings have highlighted various prophecies. They have spoken about the coming of John the Baptist. We have heard about the mountains being made low and feasts set on […]

Daily Catholic Quote — O Clavis David

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O Clavis David: “O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel,who opens and no man closes, who closes and no man opens:come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 20th) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print […]

Daily Catholic Quote — O Radix Jesse

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O Radix Jesse: “O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people,before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication:come, to save us, and do not delay!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 19th) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — O Adonai

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O Adonai: “O Adonai and Ruler the house of Israel,who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bushand gave him the law on Sinai:come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 18th) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry

What are the “O Antiphons” of Vespers?

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The “O Antiphons” refer to the seven antiphons that are recited (or chanted) preceding the Magnificat during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. They cover the special period of Advent preparation known as the Octave before Christmas, December 17-23, with December 24 being Christmas Eve and Vespers for that evening being for the Christmas Vigil. This article originally appeared […]

Daily Catholic Quote — O Sapientia

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O Sapientia: “O Wisdom, who came forth from the mouth of the Most High,reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily:come, and teach us the way of prudence!” (Antiphon recited with the Magnificat during Vespers of December 17th) Please share this post on Facebook and other social media below: Print this entry