O Antiphons: Longing for Christ to Come!


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Available as a free digital PDF download, O Antiphons: Longing for Christ to Come! is a brief devotional that leads us to reflect on the “O” Antiphons accompanied by a quote from St. Josemaria Escriva to help keep our hearts longing for and focused on Jesus’ coming during these final days of Advent.

Since the 8th century, the Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons, which accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative “Come!” embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah (USCCB).