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Advent 2013: 'O Radix Iesse'

Thursday, December 19, 2013
O Radix Iesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare. Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Adonai'

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In these last days before Christmas the sense of expectation in the Church’s liturgy intensifies as a treasure trove of biblical imagery is drawn together to convey the sense of a people longing for the coming of their saviour, longing for the coming of Christ. The famous ‘O antiphons’ that we sing at vespers from the 17th December until the 23rd are an excellent example of this. Each ‘O antiphon’ is based around one of Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming Messiah. Tonight, for example, we will sing:  Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Sapientia'

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
At times life can seem so bewildering and mysterious that it feels as if we are lacking a vital piece of knowledge, something that would ‘unlock’ the secrets of the world around us and bring its mysteries into the clear light of day. Indeed, many of us will have experienced the wonderful gift of a sagacious friend, someone who sees a problem from a new and insightful perspective, and—looking at things in a new way—offers shrewd advice in times of trial and indecision. Many modern approaches to wisdom, perhaps influenced by Freudian psychology, share a common supposition: wisdom is found by uncovering the power of our untapped inner resources that lie in our subconscious, by looking inwards to the mystery of ourselves.

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Waiting in Hope: O Emmanuel

Friday, December 23, 2011
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Waiting in Hope: O Rex Gentium

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Continuing our series of pre-Christmas talks, Br Gregory Pearson offers a reflection on the great O antiphon for today, 22nd December, O Rex gentiumRead more

Waiting in Hope - O Oriens

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
As we prepare for Christmas, Br Matthew Jarvis offers a reflection on today's great O antiphon, O Oriens, in this video specially pre-recorded for Godzdogz. Read more

The 'O' Antiphons, December 17-23

Saturday, December 17, 2011
For the text and music of the O Antiphons, sung at Vespers from today until December 23rd, see the posts gathered here. Read more

O Emmanuel - God is with us

Saturday, December 23, 2006
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O Rex gentium - Christ our cornerstone

Friday, December 22, 2006
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O Oriens - a day of festival

Thursday, December 21, 2006
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