Written by Samantha Hirsch
As the season of Advent continues, 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 to 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.
Looking toward the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 23, let us meditate on the following thoughts:
The birth of our Lord is near! Let us join with Mary, declaring “My soul magnifies the Lord!” as we prepare for the coming of the Christ child. Let us rejoice in the blessings we will receive and rededicate ourselves to God’s plan for us.