Vespers in Christmastide

Christmastide at Vespers – 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 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 on 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....

Vespers on December 20

December 20 Vespers in Advent – O Oriens – O Dayspring, Brightness of the Light Eternal, and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers on 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 and 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 Easter Week

Vespers in the Paschal Octave – On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were assembled, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you,” alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers in Lent

Lent at Vespers – Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes. ~Magnificat antiphon on weekdays until Palm Sunday