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 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 Second Sunday of Advent on December 9, let us meditate on the following thoughts:
As John the Baptist proclaimed the arrival of the Messiah, let us join with the Israelites to prepare the way for His coming. Let us take time to be still; to know that he is with us. Let us repent where we have gone astray as we discern our place in God’s new world.