Beauty from the ancient Syriac church. May we pray for peace in Syria so the church may flourish once again.
For nearly 1200 years the Roman Church has been chanting the O Antiphons as the way to count down the days from December 17th to the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord. Acclamations to the pre-existent Eternal Word are drawn from imagery of the prophetic tradition of ancient Israel. As we wait to proclaim the Incarnation of the Eternal Word in Jesus who is Emmanuel, may we count down the days in eager anticipation for that solemn moment when we profess our faith: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. O come O come Emmanuel!