“How important are the beautiful O Antiphons that the Church has us pray over the course of these days.” (Pope Francis)
There are many traditions celebrated during Advent in preparation for Christmas. A very old tradition is the singing or saying of the O Antiphons at Evening Prayer of the Church. The O Antiphons are responses which are sung or said before Mary’s great prayer, The Magnificat, is said at Evening Prayer, from the 17th December until 23rd December. The O Antiphons refer to different titles given to Jesus, our Saviour, the Messiah.
We could also use the O Antiphons in our own daily prayers from 17th until 23rd December. As we think of the one who is coming at Christmas, Jesus, we could say them as prayers in praise and in thanksgiving of God’s great and faithful love for us all. This resource will help you to do that.
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