Preparing for Christmas with Mary
Radix Jesse
Clavis David
Rex Gentium
Virgo Virginum

Join us for eight days of Marian prayers based on the themes of the eight Norbertine O Antiphons. The O Antiphons are the highlight of vespers during the eight evenings before Christmas, during which they are chanted to the solemn ringing of church bells. These beautiful prayers invoke the most ancient titles of Our Lord, begging Him to hastily come to save us on Christmas day.

December 16 - 23

A special Advent event. Join us.
A special Advent event. Join us.
A special Advent event. Join us.
A special Advent event. Join us.

We invite you and your family to pray the O antiphons with us, as we invoke, through the intercession of Our Lady, the ancient titles of Christ, calling upon His Holy Name to come and save us.

Join us this Advent.

Prepare for Christmas with Mary. The Abbot's Circle is offering a special opportunity to join the Norbertine fathers in prayerful preparation for the solemnity of Christmas. For eight consecutive evenings the fathers will pray a Marian reflection with you inspired by the eight O Antiphons according to the Norbertine tradition.

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The Lineup

Day 1: O Sapientia PRESENTED BY Fr. Miguel
Day 2: O Adonai PRESENTED BY Fr. John Henry
Day 3: O Radix Jesse PRESENTED BY Fr. Peter Adrian
Day 4: O Clavis David PRESENTED BY Fr. Edmund
Day 5: O Oriens PRESENTED BY Fr. Charbel
Day 6: O Rex Gentium PRESENTED BY Fr. Frederick
Day 7: O Emmanuel PRESENTED BY Fr. Norbert
Day 8: O Virgo Virginum PRESENTED BY Fr. Hugh
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O Sapientia by Fr. Miguel
Available on December 16.
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O Adonai by Fr. John Henry
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O Radix Jesse by Fr. Peter Adrian
Available on December 18.
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O Clavis David by Fr. Edmund
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O Oriens by Fr. Charbel
Available on December 20.
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O Rex Gentium by Fr. Frederick
Available on December 21.
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O Emmanuel by Fr. Norbert
Available on December 22.
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O Virgo Virginum by Fr. Hugh
Available on December 23.
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O Antiphons
The O Antiphons are inspired by messianic titles taken from the book of Isaiah and are sung in the season of Advent in the days immediately preceding Christmas. They are sung at the Canticle of Mary (Magnificat) at Evening Prayer (Vespers) beginning on December 16th:
17 December: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
18 December: O Adonai (O Lord)
19 December: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
20 December: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
21 December: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
22 December: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
23 December: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)
In addition, on December 23rd, in the Norbertine tradition, we sing an additional O Antiphon, O Virgo virginum (O Virgin of virgins).
The O Antiphons make up a lyrical paraphrase in the Christian hymn “O come, O come, Emmanuel” (in Latin, Veni Emmanuel).
Also, if one were to take the first letter of these Latin titles in reverse order (Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia), it forms an acrostic of Ero cras, meaning, “Tomorrow I will be.
"Tomorrow I will be."
At Saint Michael’s Abbey, since our tradition includes the antiphon about the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Latin wordsVero cras are formed, meaning, “Truly, tomorrow.