It’s “O” Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Those of us who daily celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours could probably tell that it is getting close to Christmas even if we couldn’t get a look at the calendar, because beginning last Wednesday and continuing through Tuesday evening, December 23rd, before reciting the Magnificat (i.e. “my soul magnifies the Lord”) from Luke 1:46-55, we recite a series of …

O Emmanuel!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.  As the hours until Christmas draw near our prayers seem even more urgent. Come and save us, O Lord our God! The hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel, which draws entirely upon these O Antiphons begins by saying, ransom captive Israel. I …

O Rising Sun!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer

O Rising Sun, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Today’s antiphon is one of my favorites. During this time of Advent preparation, it reminds us that even before Christ’s birth, the joy of his resurrection was present to those whom Isaiah describes with these words, …

O Key of David!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer

O key of David and scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.  When it comes to God, we should always expect the unexpected. Today’s antiphon brings us back …

O Wisdom!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer, Year of Faith

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence. Today we enter the octave before Christmas and our final preparations of Advent. Traditionally this is a time when we begin the singing of the “O Antiphons”. Many …