Great Antiphons begin tomorrow!

It’s that time of year again – time for the final week of Advent, when the Church’s attention – liturgically speaking – finally turns toward the birth of Christ. (The Advent readings for the prior weeks are fascinating mix of apocalyptic visions and the bold prophetic work of John the Baptist.)

Today is the final day for using the general Advent antiphon, which I rather like:

“Drop down, you heavens, from above; and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, and let it bring forth salvation.”

This antiphon, like the more famous set that begins on 17 December, is cast as a plea to God, seeking salvation that comes both from heaven and earth. The Great Antiphons pick up this plea, but cast it in more specific and urgent terms until Christmas Eve, when the world hears the Good News – “Christ is born! Glorify him!”

Finally, if you need a moment of relief from the sanctimonious types (like this writer) constantly harping on the True Meaning of Christmas, perhaps you’ll enjoy this parody of The Worst Christmas Song Ever.

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