So, I was going to write about how I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue to post my traditional O Antiphons for Advent, because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue to write on this blog and how I eventually decided to post them anyways because maybe I’m not ready to be done here…and then I discovered that I wrote the same thing last year.
Apparently, it’s not been an easy stretch in my life.
But, still, hope flickers, like a guttering candle, that I will continue to write here. Or, at least, today is not the day to decide otherwise.
And, thus, the O Antiphons.
I will steal from my previous post:
For those of you who don’t know, I have a rule for this blog (that I’m pretty sure I’ve successfully maintained) that I may only use text. No pictures, no YouTube embeds, nothing but text.
So, when it’s time to decorate for Christmas, I decorate using words. Specifically, the O Antiphon prayers that are the basis for the carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.
I’ve already scheduled the appropriate posts, and they will appear around 5:00 pm (CST), which would be around the time of Vespers, when these prayers are offered. Each prayer goes with a particular day, and they lead up to Christmas Eve. Each is a reflection on a particular aspect of what Jesus came to do in his first advent and what He will do in His second advent.
I’m also including links to the various antiphons being chanted. Click on the Latin version, and you’ll be able to hear the chant. (Thanks to the Fish Eaters website, where I found these files.)
I won’t lie; this has been a pretty hard year: the latest in a series of hard years. You know, just like last year, and the year before that, and the year before that…. Honestly, I’m tired of even talking about it.
And so, the promise of a coming King who will set all things to right has become more precious this year. He is still good and strong and wise. How could I not follow Him?