Misc: Pope Emphasizes Humility Encourages Praying ‘O Antiphons’

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Monastic vespers

On our Facebook page we’ve been encouraging readers to pray the “O Antiphons” during Advent. Pope Francis did the same in a recent address about the importance of humility in the spiritual life. The “O Antiphons,” traditionally sung during the last week before Christmas (December 17-23) are more than a thousand years old. We know them best from the traditional Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” They are called the “O Antiphons” simply because each begins with the word, “O.” Originally used in monastic vespers during the last seven days before Christmas, gradually they came into use in the whole church. Read the Pope’s remarks from Catholic News Service here: Pope Emphasizes Humility Encourages Praying O Antiphons