Secret Garden: O Emmanuel
An Advent Antiphon, December 23
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…