Advent ABC:’O’ Antiphons

O Antiphon 21 DecemberThe great  O Antiphons of Advent in Western Christian tradition   are chanted or recited at  Evening Prayer during the last seven days before Christmas. Every  antiphon begins with the exclamation ‘O’ and shapes the worship at this time.   each refers to a different  name for the Messiah   and to Isaiah’s prophecies of his coming.

O Sapienta (O Wisdom)

O Adonai – (O Lord)

O Radix Jesse – ( O Root of Jesse)

O Clavis David – (O Key of David)

O Oriens – (O Rising Sun)

O Rex Gentium – (O King of the Nations)

O Emmanuel

For more about the antiphons listen here to O Sapienta being chanted at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Seattle.


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