We’re heading into the home stretch of Advent, our last week of preparation before we celebrate the coming of Our Lord at Christmas. While I’m sure that most of us have plenty of secular preparations to attend to in order to be ready for Christmas, I hope we ramp up our spiritual preparations, as well. One option the Church gives us is the “O Antiphons”, which are part of the Church’s prayer from December 17th through December 23rd each year:
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!
O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
I found a great online resource from Word Among Us with some simple yet very beautiful prayers you can say at home with these antiphons in order to make this last week of Advent even more meaningful, so I encourage you to check it out: https://wau.org/resources/article/re_praying_the_o_antiphons_of_advent/. It’s a wonderful resource that helps relate these beautiful prayers to everyday life.
Whether or not you take advantage of this particular resource, please be sure to do something to make this last week of preparation special. Christmas will be here before you know it – I hope all of us are ready!