As we enter the fourth week of Advent, I am reminded of the “O” Antiphons. Below you can see the days leading to Christmas eve and the accompanying antiphon.
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power!
O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
—From “Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers”
Today, December 21st we celebrate the winter solstice – at least here in the Eastern U.S. (otherwise, Dec. 22 ) – for more on the solstice click here.)
As we experience the longest night of the year, this O Antiphon puts things into perspective. We who are in darkness, long for the coming of the light. We hope and pray that the light of day and the light of Christ will once again “come and shine” on our hearts. Amen.