Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

I’m a little reluctant to share this one, but…

One reason my children love Advent is because we replace their normally longer bed time prayers with one verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” It’s easy to learn and since we sing it every night, by the end of Advent even the youngest one can join in. When I was a Principal of a Catholic School, I replaced the morning prayers during Advent in exactly the same way and invited anyone that wanted to sing to join me. By the end of Advent, my office was packed with children and adults that wanted to sing this with me.

Here’s a great article on the O Antiphons. The O Antiphons are seven precious jewels of our Catholic Liturgy, counting down the last seven days before Christmas with building anticipation. The title O Antiphons is simply because each phrase begins with an “O”.

http://maryellenb.typepad.com/o_night_divine/2010/12/praying-the-o-antiphons.html