We are coming into the final week before Christmas, and at evening Vespers, the “O” Antiphons will be chanted.
These were apparently composed in the seventh or eighth century when monks put together texts from the Old Testament, particularly from the prophet Isaiah, which looked forward to the coming, in flesh, of our salvation.
Each of the O Antiphons highlights a different title for the Messiah:O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord),O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), and O Emmanuel. Each one refers to the prophecies of Isaiah.
When we sing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” during Mass in Advent, its roots go a lot deeper than being sung as a common hymn in the back of the hymnal. This connection to the early days of the Church is a fitting reminder of the rich patrimony that Catholicism embraces and connects us to our inheritance and is preserved as Our Lord promised “…until the end of the ages…”
We will be presenting the antiphons, in order, from today until the the 23rd.
Please join us this Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 PM in the Shrine for our monthly Mission of Mercy Holy Hour. This month, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year in the Ordinary Form.
On Sunday, November 29, we will begin our annual Advent Vespers on the First Sunday in Advent, at 4:00 PM in the Shrine.
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming devotions, both to bring this liturgical year of 2020 to a close, and open the 2021 liturgical year properly.
Father Edward Murphy, shrine chaplain, will celebrate the monthly Healing Mass this Thursday, November 19. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 6:00pm and Father Murphy will be available for confessions. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm followed by a healing Holy Hour. Please join us!
In the St. Anne’s Media Archive, we’ve uploaded the second virtual pilgrimage to the Santo Christo Chapel in the Shrine. Please visit the St. Anne’s Media Archive Virtual Pilgrimage page, to join our liturgy Co-Director Michael Antaya as he describes this beautiful shrine to Our Lord’s Passion.