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The Roman Church has been
"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.
Take time to reflect on today's readings by practicing the ancient art of Lectio Divina.
Add 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)
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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