O Antiphons


At monasteries, the week before Christmas is marked by the singing of the O Antiphons at Vespers.  This tradition goes back to at least the 9th century.  By the twelfth century, the O Antiphons appeared in the popular Christmas hymn we know today as O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

December 21, 2019 Read More

Praying the O Antiphons


Listen to Sr Kathy's Reflections on the O Antiphons

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O Emmanuel

Daily Lectio

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 65:11-22
Mass: Mi 5:1-4a; Resp Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45

He shall be peace.
December 23, 2018 Read More

Praying with the O Antiphons

Chapter Talks

Who Is Coming…


O Wisdom, your gentle power extends from one end of the earth to the other…it teaches us knowledge of self and of God, revealing the truth wherever deceptions appear.  Your Wisdom Word emerges out of the silent depths. O come, enlighten the darkness of our hearts and minds.

December 23, 2018 Read More

Come, O Desire of Nations

Daily Lectio

December 22

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 65:1-10 The Prioress of the Monastery
Mass: 1 S 1:24-28; Resp Ps (1 S 2); Lk 1:46-56

O gates, lift high your heads: grow higher ancient doors. Let him enter, the king of glory!
December 22, 2018 Read More
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