Saturday, December 17, 2011

Our Savior Draws Nearer

We are entering the fourth and final week of the Advent season. It is during this week that the Church prays the O Antiphons. These short prayers are prayed before the prayer of the Magnificat during Evening Prayer or Vespers. I love these short but meaningful prayers because they are a sign of our Savior drawing ever nearer.
Last year I wrote a post titled Our Advent Prayer Intensifies. At the end of that post are links for reflections I wrote for each of these seven days~one on each antiphon. There is also a link in that post to Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio's site. His article explains the history of the O Antiphons.
These antiphons are also expressed beautifully in song in the hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel. One of my favorite versions is the one below performed by Selah.
Let us join together with the Church as she calls for the Messiah to draw ever nearer to us.

1 comment:

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Thank you Karinann.

God bless you always.

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.