Thursday, December 21, 2006

The "O" Antiphons

From Fr. Eutenuer at HLI.

Below are the titles of Christ in the “O” Antiphons for your spiritual nourishment in these next few days leading up to His Birth. Please feel free to go to the sidebar of this email and download a sheet to use for prayer and to evangelize Christ to a dark society like the angels and shepherds did on that first Silent Night.

On behalf of the entire worldwide family of Human Life International, I pray that you and yours may be filled with the Christ Child’s superabundant grace and light this blessed season!

December 17—“O Sapientia” (“O Wisdom”): “The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, a spirit of wisdom and understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord.” (Isaiah 11:2-3)

December 18—“O Adonai” (“O Lord and Ruler”): “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.” (Ex 20:2)

December 19—“O Radix Iesse” (“O Root of Jesse”): “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Is 11:1)

December 20—“O Clavis David” (“O Key of David”): “I will place the Key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one will shut, when he shuts, no one will open.” (Is 22:22)

December 21—“O Oriens” (“O Dayspring”): “All this is the work of the kindness of our God; he, the Dayspring, shall visit us in his mercy to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.” (Lk 1:78)

December 22—“O Rex Gentium” (“O King of the Nations”): “He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples.” (Is 2:4)

December 23—“O Emmanuel” (“O Emmanuel”): “The Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall give him the name Immanuel.” (Is 7:14).


Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii has been doing these, but I've been largely ignorant of what it was all about. Thanks Esther and Fr. Euteneur.

“O Sapientia”
“O Adonai”
“O Radix Iesse”
“O Clavis David”
“O Oriens”

1 comment:

Esther said...

Sunny, Nice job on this and mahalo for the link. Although, I had heard of the O Antiphons for a while now, this is the first year, I really took the time to read more about them.

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