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season wish lists

Help retired
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honorees say

Deeper look at statistics about women's religious orders


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Pax Christi
Assembly inspired
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Coptic deacon
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Have a conversation about long-term care with your parents

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How to save
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Fremont pastor
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Advent

New liturgical year
a time to put our
houses in order

The "O Antiphons"
of Advent

Blessing of an
Advent wreath


Obituary:
Sister Theresa
Martin Pigott, OP

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Advent

Children in St. Peter's Square hold up figurines of the baby Jesus as Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Vatican Dec. 15, 2014. Children observed an annual tradition by bringing their Nativity figurines for the pope to bless.
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The "O Antiphons" of Advent

The Roman Church has been singing the "O" Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from Dec. 17-23. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative "Come!" embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.

Dec. 17
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of
knowedge!

Dec. 18
O Leader of the House of Israel,
giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty
power!

Dec. 19
O Root of Jesse's stem,
sign of God's love for all his people:
come to save us without delay!

Dec. 20
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God's eternal
Kingdom: come and free the prisoners
of darkness!

Dec. 21
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.

Dec. 22
O King of all nations and keystone of
the Church: come and save man,
whom you formed from the dust!

Dec. 23
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of
Law: come to save us, Lord our God!

— From "Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers"

 
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