Thursday, December 18, 2008

The O Antiphons and other things

Yesterday began the O Antiphons. I was going to post a little about them each day, starting yesterday, but I couldn't because I was stuck in this:
We had to make our way home Tuesday evening from a performance that my girls were in and after 3 1/2 hours of being stuck on the highway, and making it only half way home, we bailed out and all 12 of us (I had our neighbors with us) stayed the night at my in-laws. Sometimes having family scattered all over the area is a hassle but that night it was a blessing!

I also have to say that the nifty little email feature on my cell phone came in handy, too. Being away from home, I was still able to keep up with what was going on for the next day's performance!

It's funny, but one of the biggest things that kept bothering me (other than my new found claustrophobia) about being stuck on the highway was wondering what I was going to do about a bathroom. One must think about these things when 10 out of the 12 passengers are girls, and the 11th is a recently potty trained 3 year old! Do you pull off to the side of this jammed highway and stand out there with blankets around each other? Not too obvious, is it? Do you find a container in the car??? No one was too comfortable with either of those options so instead we prayed the rosary and were able to make it off the highway and into a restaurant in time! Thank you, Blessed Mother!

Anyhow, we are home again and preparing for the next storm to hit this afternoon. So back to my original thought. Here is the information I got from about the O Antiphons:
December 17 marks the beginning of the "O" Antiphons, the seven jewels of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ. The Church recalls the variety of the ills of man before the coming of the Redeemer. The antiphons beg God with mounting impatience to come and save His people. The order of the antiphons climb climatically through our history of Redemption.

Yesterday was the first O Antiphon, O Sapientia. In this, we take a backward flight into the recesses of eternity to address Wisdom, the Word of God.

Today's O Antiphone is O Adonai. Here we have leaped from eternity to the time of Moses and the Law of Moses (about 1400 B.C.).

Tomorrow, electricity willing, I hope to bring you another O Antiphon as well as some pictures of the performance that the Little Flowers Catholic Dance and Theatre Troupe did of the "Silent Nativity".
God Bless!


  1. Laura
    Leave it to you to think to take a picture of Tuesday night! Thank you!Dolores H

  2. Sorry, Dolores, I can't take credit for the picture. I googled traffic jam in snowstorm and found it! I did think of taking one myself, but I figured I would probably drop my cell phone out the window, and then what would I do?????