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 Third Sunday of Advent on December 16, let us meditate on the following thoughts:
As the crowds asked John the Baptist, “What then should we do?”, let us use this same question to examine our own lives. Let us discover the abundance we have received from the Lord and share our blessings with others as we await the coming of the Messiah.