Sometimes there are ancient traditions that can help us focus and enter into the Church year. One such tradition that can help us focus on the true meaning of Christmas in the final days before its celebration is the use of the “O” antiphons. I quote from the webpage of our US bishops: The Roman Church has been singing the "O" Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative "Come!" embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.
I invite you to use the daily antiphon for a time of quiet reflection during these next seven days
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