O Emmanuel

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

What are the “O Antiphons” of Vespers?

"The Prophet Isaiah" (detail) by Antonio Balestra [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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 […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — O Antiphons: O Emmanuel

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!” (Vespers for December 23rd; antiphon recited with the Magnificat) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We […]

Daily Catholic Quote — O Antiphons: O Emmanuel

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!” (Vespers for December 23rd; antiphon recited with the Magnificat) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Share and Recommend buttons below and via email. We […]

Meditation Notes on the “O Antiphons”

The Prophet Isaiah by Michelangelo

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. Introduction On the evening […]

Making Christmas Come Alive

In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed. This great saint, as he was traversing the rolling hills of central Italy one December to proclaim the Gospel, noticed that few of his countrymen were taking the mysteries of the faith seriously. Many were […]