may the coming celebration of the birth of your Son
bring us your saving helpand prepare us for eternal life.
from Christian Prayer
Tomorrow at Evening Prayer the "O Antiphons" begin. The antiphon introduces the Canticle of Mary or the Magnificat. They may have been recited as early as the Fifth Century, but they were in use at Rome by the Eighth Century. Today they are most commonly heard in the popular Advent hymn, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."