Friday, December 17, 2010

Our Advent Prayer Intensifies

The Church begins to pray the O Antiphons today. They are prayed as part of Evening Prayer or Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours before and after the prayer of the Magnificat.
I always look forward to praying these short but beautiful prayers during these last days of Advent because it means that Christ is very near. Our Advent prayers become more urgent and intense during these days. The busyness and hecticness may also intensify as we hurry to finish our final preparations, shopping, card writing, etc, but use these prayers whose titles are for the different names for the Messiah, to prayerfully focus on what is important. Be still, even for just a few minutes, and know that He is God and He is very near.
Dr. Marcellino D"Ambrosio at the Crossroads Initiative has a wonderful history of the Great O Antiphons.
Last year at this time I wrote my own reflections on these prayers; the links for those are at the end of this post.
Let us make the most of these final days of Advent and prepare our hearts for the coming of our Savior.
ERO CRAS: Tomorrow I will be there!

O Antiphon Reflections from 2009
Dec. 17th: O Sapienta
Dec. 18th: OAdonai
Dec. 19th: O Radix Jesse
Dec. 20: O Clavis David
Dec. 21st: O Oriens
Dec. 22nd: O Rex Gentium
Dec. 23rd: O Emmanuel


Mary333 said...

Thanks for posting these again, Karin. May God bless you this final week of Advent!

Colleen said...

I am really feeling drawn to praying these, more so than usual. I posted them on my website too, because of wanting to share. Thanks for giving us the links to your reflections. God bless!

Michael said...

Thank you for posting these again. They really help in reflection this week!
God Bless you!

Karinann said...

Thanks Mary, Colleen and Michael- glad these reflections added to your Advent prayer.
God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.