I interrupt the 10-part series on Campion’s arguments against the Reformation to bring you a few resources for your Advent season. This evening begins the first of what are called the “O Antiphons,” a series of short ancient prayers, traditionally prayed during Vespers. Praying and reflecting upon these prayers is a great way of preparing for Christmas. I’d particularly encourage you to pray them as part of the Church’s evening prayer, Vespers (you can find each day’s prayers under the “Evening Prayers” tab here), or at least with the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).
In 2011, I put together a series of daily reflections on them. I’m posting them below, but I’m aware that there are many other resources out there. For example, the Eastern Province Dominicans are doing a series on these prayers right now that I suspect will be worth following. Fr. Z also has a helpful index. But for whatever it’s worth, here are links to each of my posts from 2011, with a good English translation of the prayers (courtesy of Fr. Z):
- December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
|The O Rex Gentium prayer, for December 22nd.|
O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.
I’ll get back to the Campion posts soon (probably tomorrow). Have a blessed Advent!