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December 17

 

Third Sunday in Advent

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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.

Reflect 

Take time to reflect on today's readings by practicing the ancient art of Lectio Divina.

Pray 

Advent - Nativity FB panelAdd this "O Antiphon" to your daily or meal-time prayer today: "O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge!" (Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, Revised Edition, 76)

Act

Today is Gaudete Sunday when we shift our reflection from "the Lord is coming" to "the Lord is near." Rejoice as you light the pink candle on your Advent wreath. You are more than half way to Christmas!

 



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