The “o” Antiphons

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

The seven "O" Antiphons are ancient texts developed for use during the last seven days of Advent (December 1723). Eventually these antiphons were gathered into the well-known hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. " Today these ancient prayers can be used in a variety of ways during the season of Advent, as the following examples suggest.

The Traditional Texts

First antiphon, December 17

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God (Sir. 24:3), you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care (Wisd. of Sol....


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