O Antiphons

 

 

 

As we near the Christmas Season, our prayer intensifies with the “O Antiphons”, the Magnificat Antiphons, prayed during Vespers (evening prayer) the last seven days of Advent, December 17-December 23. Prayed since the 8th Century, each antiphon is an Old Testament Isaiah prophesy title for the Messiah:

December 17: O Wisdom (Is 11:2-3)

December 18: O Lord (Is 11:4-5)

December 19: O Root of Jesse (Is 11:1)

December 20: O Key of David (Is 22:22)

December 21: O Morning Star (Is 9:2)

December 22: O King of the Nations (Is 9:6)

December 23: O Emmanuel (Is 7:14)

The messianic hopes of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ! “Come, Lord Jesus!”