Praying the O Antiphons

I’ve been thinking about praying the O Antiphons during Advent for a few years now.  But for some reason none of the prayers that I had read seemed to call out to me.  So the idea languished.  Until a few weeks ago when Celeste at Joyous Lessons wrote a bit about the changes coming in the Morning Basket during Advent.

Praying the O Antiphons

She mentioned a prayer companion for the O Antiphons made by Jennifer Gregory Miller.  It is glorious.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that finally this would be the year that we tried adding this simple devotion to the golden nights leading up to Christmas.

From December 17-23 there is a prayer that addresses Christ with a different messianic name each day–O Wisdom, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David.  Jennifer has paired the prayers (in English and Latin!) with lovely art work, a corresponding verse from “O Come Emmanuel,” and simple suggestions for food that underscores the day’s focus.

I’d love to hear if you plan on praying the O Antiphons as well…or about any other devotion that turns our hearts again to the coming of the light.


  1. Thank you for this! The Advent lessons feel like they have completely run their course in our little school, and I am grateful to now have something new and lovely to treasure.

  2. Kortney,

    Please keep all these wonderful resources coming. I would never have access or knowledge to this if it were not for you helping me along. Much appreciated. Thank you.


    1. Thanks for taking the time to let me know, Janet! I feel the same way–so lucky to have others lighting the path before me!

      Peace keep you in these Golden Nights.

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