Written by Samantha Hirsch
As the season of Advent begins, our worship will be enhanced with the singing of the “O Antiphons” for the processional for each of the Sundays in Advent. The “O Antiphons” are sung on the seven days preceding Christmas. They are known as the “O Antiphons” as each one begins with the letter “O” followed by a name for or attribute for God according to Hebrew scripture.
The word “Advent” comes from the Latin “Adventus” which means “coming.” Advent invites us stand, watch and prepare. It is a time of looking forward and waiting for something greater; a time to rediscover that the Lord chose to dwell in us as we are invited to dwell in Him.
As we look toward the First Sunday of Advent on December 2, let us meditate on the following:
As the season of Advent begins, let us stand with the Israelites and choose to notice the signs that the Messiah is coming. Let us keep vigilant and not be swayed by worldly concerns, as we reflect on God’s plan for us.