O Antiphons [Free Download]

The “Golden Nights” have arrived! As an Advent gift to you, click the photo below for access to free prints of each of the O Antiphons that the Church will be praying with until Christmas Eve. I made these back in 2017 and since then have really loved sharing these beautiful prayers for reflection, for further preparation in these final days leading to Christmas.

Today I’ll be hanging each of these in our home oratory so that during Evening Prayer, we can reflect on these words in a way that stands out a little more. Feel free to print them out and use these however you wish.

text below from fisheaters.com

The seven “O Antiphons” (also called the “Greater Antiphons” or “Major Antiphons”) are prayers that come from the Breviary’s Vespers during the Octave before Christmas Eve, a time which is called the “Golden Nights.” 

Each Antiphon begins with “O” and addresses Jesus with a unique title which comes from the prophecies of Isaias and Micheas (Micah), and whose initials, when read backwards, form an acrostic for the Latin “Ero Cras” which means “Tomorrow I come.” Those titles for Christ are: 

Sapientia
Adonai
Radix Jesse
Clavis David
Oriens
Rex Gentium
Emmanuel

Here are also ideas of activities families can do together.

Published by Fatima

wife + mom. sustainability strategist, interior designer, writer. sharing faith and our growing domestic church. creating a slow, sustainable, low waste home.

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