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December 17, 2017 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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December 17, 2017

3rd Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday

 

“I am the voice of one crying out in the desert,

make straight the way of the Lord.”

 

The “O Antiphons”

Did you know that the verses of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (which I call the “theme song of Advent”) are very symbolic and correspond with the 7 days leading up to Christmas Eve?

Each of the verses of this song begins with a title for Christ, which connects back to an Old Testament prophecy about the coming Messiah.  These titles for Christ have been called the “O Antiphons” because when the Church includes them in Vespers (Evening Prayer), it adds the “O” before the specific title to make it more solemn.

Here are the seven titles and the day when the Church includes this title in Vespers:

December 17 – O Wisdom

See: Sirach 24:1, 3-4, 7; 1 Cor 1:24

December 18 – O Lord

See: Exodus 6:6; 20:2

December 19 – O Root of Jesse

See: Isaiah 11:1-5; Revelation 22:16

December 20 – O Key of David

See: Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7

December 21 – O Dayspring

See: Isaiah 9:2; Luke 1:78-79; John 8:12

December 22 – O King of the Nations

See: Ezekiel 37:21-28; Revelation 19:16

December 23 – O Emmanuel

See: Isaiah 7:10-14; Matthew 1:21-23;

John 1:1-18

As we approach these holy days in preparation for Jesus’ nativity, I encourage you to meditate on the verses of O Come, O Come Emmanuel (easily found online), and to look up in the Bible the scripture references (listed above) for each verse of the song.  Read it over, and then take a few moments to ponder God’s wonderful plan of salvation in sending us Christ, who fulfilled these promises of the Old Testament.  This might be a great way to do family prayers every evening this week: light the Advent wreath, read the scripture verses, and pray “Come Lord Jesus.”

You are in my daily prayers.  Please pray for me as we enter into these final days of Advent and prepare to welcome our Lord at Christmas.

God bless you,

Fr. VanDenBroeke

 

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