Dec 23, 2021 • 2M

Secret Garden: O Emmanuel

An Advent Antiphon, December 23

Diana Butler Bass
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The “O” Antiphons are a tradition dating back more than a thousand years. During vespers (the evening prayer service) on the seven final days of Advent, seven prefaces with seven different images of Jesus - all drawn from the Hebrew scriptures - were chanted before and after Mary’s Magnificat.

Each antiphon begins with an “O” and then an image: Wisdom, L…

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