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7 Bells to Bethlehem: The O Antiphons

In the early centuries of the Church, Christians developed a custom of praying seven great prayers in the days before Christmas. They were prayers for Christ to come??"addressing him with titles given him in the Old Testament (specifically in the prophet Isaiah)??"O Wisdom, O Root, O Key, O Light, O Lord, O King, O Emmanuel. These prayers have sometimes been called the "O Antiphons," and they also form the basis for the Christmas carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, with each of the seven titles organizing the seven verses. They are beautiful prayers because each of them touches on one of our deepest needs and intuitions. If we lived in Isaiah's day and did not yet know of the Incarnation, we would still know of our need for a Savior. We'd be crying out for the gift of Wisdom. We'd long for Light, a Root, a Key, a Flame, a true King.

November 22, 2020

O Rex Gentium: O King of the Nations

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: 7 Bells to Bethlehem: The O Antiphons Passage: Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 2:4, Isaiah 28:16

November 22, 2009

New City

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: All Things New Passage: Jeremiah 29:4-11

November 15, 2009

New Community

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: All Things New Passage: Acts 2:40-47

November 8, 2009

New Heart

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: All Things New Passage: Deuteronomy 30:1-10

November 1, 2009

New Peace

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: All Things New Passage: Colossians 1:15-20

October 25, 2009

New Hope

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: All Things New Passage: Revelation 21:21–22:5

October 18, 2009

All Things New

Speaker: Joshua Reitano Series: All Things New Passage: Revelation 21:1-8

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