advent longing

Beginning on December 17th, the Church’s ancient liturgy heralds the coming of Christ by singing the O antiphons.

December 17th: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18th: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19th: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20th: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21st: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22nd: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
December 23rd: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

Even while nights are still lengthening, joy permeates a longing infused with hope:

“Gaude!” “Rejoice!”

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