O King of All the Nations: Changing Expectations

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of humanity, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust. As the world witnesses elections influenced by fear—fear of the other, fear of the future, fear of change—in which civil officials who campaigned with discriminatory […]

O Root of Jesse: Getting out of God’s Way

O Root of Jesse, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid. The Hebrew Bible, what Christians call the Old Testament, offers several instances that were understood by Christians […]

O Wisdom: Kinship at the Heart of Creation

O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation. Today’s O Antiphon draws on the ancient name for God found throughout the Hebrew Bible: Sapientia (Latin), Sophia (Greek), Hochma (Hebrew), Wisdom. This symbol of divine immanence calls to mind a God […]

Introduction: The ‘O Antiphons’

Many people think that the daily life of the church centers around the celebration of daily Eucharist. Indeed, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us in its document Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is “summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which […]