Add the O Antiphons to Your Daily Prayers

Perhaps one of the lesser-known Advent customs is the O Antiphons, seven responses – or antiphons – that are recited or sung to introduce the Magnificat at evening prayer from December 17 through 23. This Advent is a good time to bring these antiphons into our daily prayers.

Thurs. 12/17

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet gentle care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.

Fri. 12/18

O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.

Sat. 12/19

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.

Sun. 12/20

"And the angel said to Mary, Do not be afraid" (Lk 1: 30). May we never be afraid and go to Mary for our consolation and peace.

O Key of David, O Royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.

Mon. 12/21

O Radian Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Tues. 12/22

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.

Wed. 12/23

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.


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