12.17.2011

O (long expected) JOY!

The true countdown begins.  Today is the 17th and the beginning of the "O Antiphons."  These are special prayers used in the liturgy (public worship).  Each antiphon is an old testament name of the coming messiah.  That messiah who came and is Jesus the Christ!

Last year I made an "O Antiphon" house.  Each door with the date on the front opens to the antiphon of that day:  O Wisdom, O Lord and Ruler, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Rising Dawn, O King of the Nations, O Emmanuel (God with us).  At our nightly prayer when we light the candles on our Advent wreath, we always sing "O come, O come, Emmanuel."  During these last days before Christmas we sing the other verses all having to do with the "O Antiphons."  It's all so exciting for me. 

Some day maybe my kids will be excited about it too.  At this point getting them to sit quietly for a moment to pray and reflect when there are walls to be bounced off of, is almost impossible.  It is a joy to see them so excited.  Our tree us up, without decorations yet, and they can all but climb up to the top and jump off every time they look at it.  It's the most wonderful time of the year!

CLICK HERE for a brief overview of the "O Antiphons" and other activities related to them.

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