The O Antiphons – the Church’s Cry for Christ to Come

“O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.”

As the days get closer to Christmas, that great celebration of God becoming man, the Church begins her cry of longing in the “O antiphons.” The liturgy is ripe with passion and longing for the Lord to come.

All creation cry’s out to the Lord for him to come in the incarnation. This is what we have desired for so long – God to come in the flesh and set us free.

The “O antiphons” are the Church’s prayer of longing and expectation for the Lord. They resonate in the heart of any oblate who has prayed the Divine Office for some time. This is the time of expectation and we are called to actively participate in it.

The heart of an oblate is one of longing and expectation for the Lord. It is formed by the Psalms in the Divine Office and is fed by Lectio Divina. Keeping vigil is what we do as oblates. We wait for the Lord to reveal himself to us and we join with the Church in her longing.

The liturgy is rich and colorful this time of year. Let us join in this longing and expectation by praying the Divine Office and entering deeply into the life of the Church.