O Antiphons

What’s in a Name? Reflections on the “O Antiphons” with Thomas Smith

Church of the Nativity

The titles of Christ in the O Antiphons have been invoked by the Church for at least 1,300 years. The Medieval monasteries would ring their largest bell as the choirs of monks intoned Mary’s Magnificat and these Advent antiphons. READ MORE AND WATCH VIDEO


 

Reflections on the O Antiphons with Thomas Smith

Church of the Nativity

Today, we will introduce you to the history, practice and invitation of the O Antiphons. READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O Wisdom!”Church of the Nativity

If you read through the Book of Emmanuel (Isaiah 7-12), you know that one of the characteristics of the Messiah is that God’s Spirit would rest upon him in a singular way (Isaiah 11:1-2). READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O Lord!”Church of the Nativity

The Lordship of Jesus is united intimately with being God’s chosen Messiah. READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O Root of Jesse!”Church of the Nativity

When Isaiah declared these words, times were bleak. The Davidic throne was in peril. Soon the city of Jerusalem and its temple would be leveled and burned to the ground. READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O Key of David”Church of the Nativity

O come, O come, thou Key of David come,
And open wide our heavenly home,
Make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery. READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O Dawn”Church of the Nativity

Have you ever wondered why Jesus began his public ministry in the northern region of Galilee and not in Jerusalem? READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O King”Church of the Nativity

Read (This can also be sung to the melody “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”) O come, Desire of nations, bind, In one the hearts of all mankind; Bid Thou our sad divisions cease, and be Thyself our King of Peace … READ MORE

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The O Antiphons – “O Emmanuel”Church of the Nativity

As with the other titles, Emmanuel is not so much a proper name as a message. Emmanuel means “God is with us.” READ MORE

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Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is the co-author of Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come and The Prophets: Messengers of God's Mercy. He is an international presenter for The Great Adventure Bible Timeline. Bringing a wealth of experience and insight on the Word of God to audiences across the U.S., Thomas is a repeat guest on EWTN and Catholic radio as well as a sought after parish mission and conference speaker. Thomas Smith has taught as an adjunct professor at the St. Francis School of Theology in Denver, and is the former Director of the Denver Catholic Biblical School and the Denver Catechetical School. He lives on his family ranch in southeastern Idaho and writes for his website www.gen215.org.

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