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Friday, December 21, 2012

The O Antiphons

From December 17-23 the Church observes the ancient custom of praying each day one of the seven 
O Antiphons (each begins with "O")
Each addresses God
who comes in Christ
with a different biblical title.
The seven in Latin are given above but here they are in English 
O Wisdom
O Lord
O Root of Jesse
O Key of David
O Dayspring
O King of Nations
O Emmanuel

These are found in the Liturgy each day and today we have

O Dayspring, brightness of eternal Light and Son of Justice:
come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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