Advent – “coming”; the 22 to 28 days of preparation before Christmas, when we celebrate the coming of the Messiah antiphon – a short verse from the Bible that is sung at the beginning or the end of a psalm or canticle. Its purpose is to call attention to the psalm or canticle’s central message.
O Antiphons – seven antiphons that people pray aloud before the Magnificat Magnificat – the Canticle of Mary, a well-known canticle, found in Luke 1:46-55 Emmanuel – “God with us”; another name for Jesus
Introduction During Advent, we prepare for the coming of Jesus We recall: 1) God’s promise of a redeemer and the birth of Jesus (past); 2) Jesus’ continuing presence among us today (present); 3) the promise of his coming at the end of time (future) We await a new heaven and a new earth (2 Peter 3:13)
Introduction (ctd.) God’s kingdom = a way of living that is already happening in our hearts Kingdom will fully come when Jesus comes again
Christ, Come! During the week before Christmas, Church sings 7 ancient antiphons to show longing for God’s salvation O Antiphons: O Wisdom, O Lord, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Radiant Dawn, O King of All Nations, O Emmanuel These express our trust in what God has promised