Awaiting Emmanuel: On the ‘O Antiphons’ of Advent

Dr. Vern Steiner
Instructor
Dr. Vern Steiner
Chad Steiner
Instructor
Chad Steiner
Joshua Burks
Instructor
Joshua Burks
Awaiting Emmanuel: On the ‘<em>O</em> Antiphons’ of Advent

The O Antiphons, which come from the book of Isaiah, express a collective longing for a Savior who will put right all that was broken on that dark day in the garden, when the sun set on sorrow for the first time. The fallout from this “fall” into brokenness reaches deep into every human heart, because we are members of God’s creation, and “the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now” (Rom 8:22). Advent is the time when this groaning intensifies—when the volume of the choir crescendos from mp to fff. For the weary and unsettled and beleaguered, to say “O...” is to sigh with hope. It is to set our sights on a light—a strange light (Gen 1:3) that has nothing to do with the sun, the moon, or the stars (Gen 1:14-18)—which is newly coming into the world.

Come ponder the “O...” Antiphons with us for a weekend as we search for this light, so that we may turn our lives once again toward it.

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