The Second Part of Advent

Up to the 16th December, the season of Advent is a period of preparation for the Second Coming of our Lord.  On December 17th, Advent changes gear, the focus is on preparing us to celebrate Christmas.

These immediate days before Christmas are not just a preparation for commemorating the historical event of Christ’s birth. It is a time to search into our hearts and make of them a fitting manger to receive the King of Kings. This Christmas, as in every Christmas, we celebrate Christ’s abiding presence with us and within us.

The so-called “O Antiphons” reproduced below will enable us to reflect on him who is to come and now seeks a room in the inn of our heart.

 December 17

 O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly.  Come, and teach us the way of prudence.

 December 18

 O Adonai (Lord) and Ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him your law.  Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us.

 December 19

O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the peoples; before you kings shall keep silence and to you all nations shall have recourse.  Come, save us, and do not delay.

 December 20

O Key of David and Sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no man closes; you close and no man opens.  Come, and deliver from the chains of prison those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 21

O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice: come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22

O King of the Gentiles and the Desired of all, you are the cornerstone that binds two into one.  Come, and save man whom you fashioned out of clay.

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their

Saviour.  Come and save us, O Lord our God.

And possibly on the 24th (although this is not one of the O Antiphons)

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? For neither before thee was any like thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? The thing which ye behold is a divine mystery.

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