Prepare Your Heart For Jesus: Monks Beautifully Sing “O” Antiphons of Advent – Listen Here!

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This is so beautiful!

It’s not too late to pray the “O” Antiphons of Advent! If you are unfamiliar with these prayers, the Church prays them every year from Dec. 17-23.

“The Roman Church has been singing the ‘O’ Antiphons since at least the eighth century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer,” the USCCB explains on its website.

“They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but present ones as well. Their repeated use of the imperative ‘Come!’ embodies the longing of all for the Divine Messiah.”

Listen below to the Benedictine monks of St. John’s Abbey sing each “O” Antiphon of Advent.

Dec. 17: Holy Wisdom

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Dec. 18 – O Adonai

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Dec. 19 – O Root of Jesse

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Dec. 20 – O Key of David

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Dec. 21 – O Rising Sun

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Dec. 22 – O King of Nations

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Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel

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[See also: It’s Not Too Late to Pray the Glorious “O” Antiphons of Advent]

[See also: Lift Your Heart to Heaven: French Seminarians Chant “Alma Redemptoris Mater” in Notre Dame Chapel for Advent]