Friday, December 21, 2012

O Oriens - O Radiant Dawn

O Oriens: “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.” (9:1).

O Rising Dawn (O Oriens): O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice; Come, enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

The Radiant Dawn came up this morning - and the Mayan Calendar ran out.

Here are some ideas to celebrate today:
Pray the office this evening with your family - The Antiphon goes with the evening prayer!

From the Catholic Cuisine Site:

Sun chips!

and a little something for mom and dad as the Advent season and Christmas prep winds down!

Anything "Lemony" says sunshine to me!  I think lemon chicken from the crockpot would be a good choice for us tonight!  Here's a recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking. 

One reader wanted to know why it was such a big deal to plan meals and treats around the antiphons. The answer is, you don't have to, but it is a very fun way to get the antiphons into the home and family life and remember what they are! My kids definitely have the Root of Jesse and Key of David committed to memory. It's also a fun little way to celebrate before the big Christmas Day celebrations.  Remember Advent is NOT LENT! There is anticipation of birth in Advent - not the focus on death - that comes in a few more months. So it's okay to be a bit more festive in my opinion in the days before Christmas - and to suffer the ashes in Lent!

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