The O Antiphons are traditionally used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions, specifically Roman Catholicism. A medieval English practice added an eighth, though current Episcopalian usage is the more common seven. Lutherans frequently pray them and Presbyterians have them in their book of worship. I am none of these! They are referred to as the “O Antiphons” because each one begins with “O” and a name of Christ – always biblical, arguably Isaiah-an (is there such a word?)
and they call upon Christ … to come.
I offer my O antiphons for this Advent 2015 in morning. not vesperian prayers, and I rather guess that my namings may not be all scriptural or all comfortable. They come as brief wild hopeful callings throughout the season of waiting. They do not connect one with the next. Please join me in prayer as many times as you wish and may the blessings of Advent surround you.
The traditional list:
December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)
Sunday, November 29, 2015
O Gambler on hope, O Beggar of peace,
O Clown of joy,
O, you who are pulled out of line
by the homeland security of every country
every faith, every self-satisfaction,
because you cross our boundaries
with concealed love …
come and teach us now
to be advent people. amen.