Celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours in Advent and Christmas

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Nativity figure of Mary in prayer

During the last week before Christmas, we begin the daily singing of the O Antiphons, an ancient practice that embraces the sense of longing and anticipation for Christmas which swells with each day. These antiphons are sung prior to the Magnificat, the Song of Mary from Luke 1:46-55, in our evening prayers throughout this week. Each antiphon begins by addressing God with a name that expresses God’s loving design for people of all times and places. Each antiphon is completed with the petition to “Come” and continue the redeeming activity needed in our lives and in our world today. We invite you to enjoy the richness of this tradition, by joining us for evening prayer (4:30 pm) throughout these days.

Follow this link for Antiphons and prayers for Advent and Christmas, along with special prayers for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Epiphany Sunday.

 

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