Vespers in the Christmas Octave

Vespers in the Christmas Octave – Princely state is yours on the day you lead your host in holy splendor. From the womb of the morning I have begotten you. ~Responsory

Vespers on Christmas Day

Vespers on Christmas Day, and in Christmastide until the Epiphany – O Savior of our fallen race, O Brightness of the Father’s face, O Son who shared the Father’s might Before the world knew day or night, O Jesus, very Light of light, Our constant star in sin’s deep night: Now hear the prayers...

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....