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O Antiphons for Aleppo (or Halab)

The O antiphons begin on December 17, but first this poem by Richard Bott, naming so many more days, incarnate, cruciform. As of today – four years, four months, three weeks and four days. That’s how long the Battle of … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 24 … O antiphon – Christmas Eve

O Emmanuel, who antiphons every time between the Star and a real umbilical cord, between ho-ho-ho and humbug, between our dreams for the perfect candlelight service, cantata, Christmas morning, and a corny NCIS holiday special. Come as our impossible hope, … Continue reading

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December 23 — O antiphon … O Tannenbaum

Isaiah 41:19-25 I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider … Continue reading

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 … O antiphon for the winter solstice

Come, O Darkness after the angels put out the stars, Come, baby who cried … to those who have left not just the church but even the mall-version of this holiday far behind. Come on the really slow polar local … Continue reading

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Monday, December 21, 2015 … O antiphon for all the beasts

O Hen, Eagle, Lamb, Dove, Aslan, all of them are friendly beasts to you — the dogs I walk at the NHSPCA who long for a forever home, the kittens and old cats, and the cockatiels, hamsters, rats, the ferret … Continue reading

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Sunday, December 20, 2015 … O antiphon for traveling mercies

O Hitchhiker on the highway where there will be singing, where sorrow and sighing flee away, come to wilderness that does not blossom, the dry lands that are not glad, and strengthen, like sweet prophecy, every weak hand, feeble knee, … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 18, 2015 … O antiphon for those in recovery

O Come, one Dayspring at a time, to those with a white chip and the bronze of thirty years, together going forward into the drinking holidays Come and give us serenity. Come to the dual diagnosed, in the meeting room … Continue reading

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