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The Advent Antiphons — O come thou Dayspring, come and cheer…

From the Touchline

This week, we can sense and feel that Christmas is drawing nearer. As listen and reflect on the fifth antiphon: O come, thou Daysprings, come and cheer… we look at this unique title that is given to Jesus through the words of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist.

On the podcast during this season of Advent we have been exploring themes within a particular ‘hymn’ that has helped worshippers prepare for Jesus’s arrival. Since the 8th century, the Church has been singing the “O” antiphons. An antiphon is a short sentence sung or recited before or after a psalm or canticle.

The “O” antiphons are so named as each line begins with an “O” — perhaps the most famous of these are the words and verse which begins: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Altogether, there are 7 antiphons. They are typically said or sung in the evening of the week (December 17-23) leading to Christmas, but for our intents and purposes, we will learn and hear one each week. A short reflection will be followed by the antiphon said and then sung.

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