Priests at Daylesford Abbey and the O AntiphonsThe priests at Daylesford Abbey pray the Liturgy of the Hours each day. Vespers is chanted in the evening and the beautiful prayer, the Magnificat, is part of Vespers.

The Great Advent Antiphons, also known as the O Antiphons, are chanted preceding the Magnificat on the seven days leading up to Christmas, December 17 to December 23 and before the Gospel at daily Mass. These antiphons which refer to a prophecy of Isaiah and include a title for Christ, lead us to Christmas, by encouraging us to wait in hope. We hope that Christ will come to us, and that we may be ready to welcome him.

O Sapientia (O Wisdom) See Isaiah 11:2–3; 28:29. May we join others in praying for wisdom as we search for ways to serve others, to bring joy to our families and friends, to explore different vocations and ministries in our church, to consider becoming a priest.

O Adonai (O Lord) See Isaiah 11:4–5; 33:22. Do we judge others? Do we remember that the Lord is our judge, who longs to save us, to shower us with God’s love, as we strive to share this love with others?

O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse) See Isaiah 1:1; 11:10. We pray that God will help us to recognize that the Lord cares for all people, and challenges nations and us as individuals to welcome those searching for a home, a new life, a new beginning.

O Claves David (O Key of David) See Isaiah 9:6; 22:22. We pray for God’s help in recognizing that the Lord’s dominion is vast and peaceful. How can we be bearers of peace to our family, our friends, our co-workers, those in our parish or neighborhood, those we pass by and have yet to come to know?

O Oriens (O Rising Sun) See Isaiah 9:1. God of eternal light, Sun of justice. Do we sometimes dwell in darkness or self-pity? How can we be a light to others; those who are sad, lonely, feeling like outcasts, unaccepted?

O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations) See Isaiah 9:5; 2:4. ? Does the presence of God in our life, expressed in our joy, reflect the fact that we are part of a brotherhood of nations, the rich and the poor, whose citizens can barely find enough food to eat, and who are oppressed by dictators with powerful armies and great wealth.

O Emmanuel (God with us) See Isaiah 7:14. God is indeed with us. Are we aware of God’s presence in our daily lives? Do we reflect God’s presence in our words? our actions? Do we appreciate the wondrous gift of God’s presence?

Since each antiphon is short, it is helpful to spend time reading the antiphon each day, pondering and meditating on it to make immediate spiritual preparation for Christmas. To read and learn more go to #OAntiphon #Advent #Liturgyofthehours #Daylesford #priests #Norbertines

The priests at Daylesford Abbey are keeping you in prayer during this joyful season of anticipation and hope.