The O Antiphons show is who Jesus is and how he helps us to live well. Join us as we pray them together over the next seven days leading to Christmas
Saying the O Antiphons as a family, whether during grace at meals, in front of the manger scene, or in front of the Christmas tree, is a wonderful Advent devotion. To make this devotion even more fruitful, read and meditate together on the Scripture texts on which the antiphons are based. Marcellino D’Ambrosio shares all about them.
Jesus was born into a dark, cold, empty cave. Into the barren blackness of the night. A King born for the poor, of the poor, as the poor. In becoming lovers of the poor, do we as followers of Christ dare to embrace not only the beggar on the street, but also the beggar within ourselves?
“I died and I clearly remember it,” Bernie told me after waking up from a six-week coma brought on by a massive heart attack and subsequent multiple organ failure. “I could see myself floating in the air, looking down at my body, and I could see my damaged heart.”
Advent and Christmas were intended as a time of expectant joy but instead of preparing and expecting the joy of Christ, we spend most of our Advent and Christmas trying to do everything that everyone expects from us or what we expect from ourselves.