O Antiphons Reflections
Not sure what the O Antiphons are? If you've sung all the verses of O Come O Come Emmanuel you've seen a glimpse of them.
The Episcopal Church dictionary tells us that an antiphon is a verse sung or said "before and usually after a psalm, canticle, or hymn text. It is often drawn from scripture and is appropriate to the liturgical season or occasion." On the seven days before the birth of Jesus, from December 17 to 23, the vespers (evening) service includes an antiphon which begins with "O" and are seven names of God. These beautiful texts have inspired many reflections and musical settings.
The Episcopal Networks Collaborative has offers Advent 2018 reflections on the O Antiphons, the Magnificat (Song of Mary), and the Incarnation. This collaborative includes the Union of Black Episcopalians, the Episcopal Ecological Network, and the Episcopal Network for Economic Justice.
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And next time you sing verses of O Come O Come, look for those O Antiphons.