Vespers in Christmastide

Christmastide at Vespers – Christmastide ends with Vespers today, Sunday, the Baptism of Our Lord – The Root of Jesse has budded; the Star has come out of Jacob; a Virgin has borne the Savior: we praise you O our God. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers in the Christmas Octave

Vespers in the Christmas Octave – On this day the Christmas octave ends with Vespers – Today the Christ is born; today the Savior has appeared; today on earth angels are singing, archangels rejoicing: today the righteous exult and say: Glory to God in the highest, alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers on December 23

Great O Antiphon, December 23 – O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers on December 22

Great O Antiphon for December 22 – O Rex gentium – O King of the nations, and their Desire, you are the cornerstone who makes us both one: Come and save mankind whom you fashioned from clay. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers & Great O Antiphon, December 21

December 21 at Vespers – O Oriens O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O Morning Star, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Vespers & Great O Antiphon, December 20

December 20 at Vespers – O Clavis David O Key of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no one can shut, you shut and no one can open: Come and bring the captives out of the prison house, those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. ~Magnificat...

Vespers & Great O Antiphon, December 19

Vespers, December 19 – O Radix Jesse O Root of Jesse, you stand as an ensign to the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, and nations bow in worship: Come, deliver us, and tarry not. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers on December 18

Great O Antiphons at Vespers – December 18 O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, you appeared in the bush to Moses in a flame of fire, and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. ~Magnificat Antiphon

The “Great O” Antiphons

December 17 – The “Great O” Antiphons begin at Vespers as Magnificat antiphons – The importance of the “O Antiphons” is twofold. First, each one is a title for the Messiah. Secondly, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah. The Latin antiphons are from the Breviarium Romanum....

Vespers in Advent

Advent at Vespers – Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord; behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son, alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon