Archives for December 2009

Christmas is Just Getting Started!

In secular society, the Christmas season, which generally runs from Halloween to December 25th is winding down. The parties are over, the radio stations have generally stopped playing Christmas music and the trees and decorations are on their way down. Only a few traditional Catholics and Anglicans keep the old custom of putting everything up on Christmas Eve. As much as I love the holiday songs, the decorations, and other secular activities, society gets the chronology all wrong, leaving out Ordinary Time and Advent Season.

Yet, for Catholics and other liturgical Christians, the fun is just getting started. We have the 12 days of Christmas (kind of, thanks to various bishops conferences), Holy Family feast, Epiphany/ Theophany, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, and the baptism of our Lord. And, this doesn’t include the lesser feasts of Holy Innocents, St. John, and St. Stephen. And, the Christmas festivities have traditionally lasted until Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2nd).

So, our liturgical and holiday fun is just starting, which is actually a pretty good way to avoid the post-holiday letdown that many people experience. We get to transition back to ordinary time and it’ll be the Lenten season before we know it!

Merry Christmas!

O Emmanuel…

O Emmanuel
King and our Lawgiver
Desire of the nations,
Savior of all people,
Come and set us free, Lord, our God!

– O Antiphon for Dec. 23rd

As posted on Advent Collects, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O King of the Nations…

O King of the Nations
the only glory of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of man,
Come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust

– O Antiphon for Dec. 22nd

As posted on Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O Radiant Dawn…

O Radiant Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light,
Sun of justice.
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death

– O Antiphon for Dec. 21st

As posted on Catholic Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O Key of David…

O Key of David,
O Royal Power of Israel,
Controlling at your will the gate of heaven:
Come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death;
and lead your captive people into freedom

– O Antiphon for Dec. 20th

As posted on Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O Flower of Jesse’s Stem

O Flower of Jesse’s stem,
You have been raised up as a sign of all peoples;
Kings stand silent in your presence,
and the nations bow down in worship before you.
Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid

– O Antiphon for Dec. 19th

As posted on Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O Sacred Lord…

O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,
who gave the holy law on Sinai mountain:
Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free

– O Antiphon for Dec. 18th

As posted on Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page

O Wisdom…

O Wisdom,
O Holy Word of God,
You govern all creation with your strong, yet tender care.
Come, and show your people the way to salvation

– O Antiphon for Dec. 17th

As posted on Christian Advent Prayers, and our ChurchYear.Net Facebook Fan Page