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God With Us: An Advent Retreat with the O Antiphons

'The Nativity' by N.C. Wyeth; adapted by Plum Leaves (Flickr)

 

Welcome to this year’s Advent retreat in collaboration with Sacred Space. This is a chance to take a step back from the pressing concerns of everyday life, to reflect prayerfully on the current state of your relationships, with God, with the people around you, and with the world in which you live. This season of Advent, during which we prepare ourselves to celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, is a great opportunity to make a retreat of this kind.

This year, our reflective focus will be on the ‘O’ Antiphons traditionally used in the anticipation of Jesus’ coming to dwell among us. You might like to think of them as seven ways of expressing Jesus and they are often known for being a sung response to introduce the Magnificat at evening prayer in the final days of Advent. Their origin can be traced back to the prophecies of Isaiah, who tells of the coming Messiah.

Join us this year in preparing to celebrate God's entering into the world through the birth of his son Jesus. You can read along and go at your own pace on the Sacred Space Retreat Page >>>

We will release a new session each Thursday.

Introduction

O Wisdom

O Sacred Lord

O Shoot of Jesse

O Key of David

O Radiant Dawn

O King of All Nations

O Emmanuel

Conclusion

If you have any feedback on these reflections that you'd like us to consider when we plan our next retreat or other reflections, please email us.


You can download these files from our Soundcloud account >>>


Read and follow along to this retreat at your own pace with Sacred Space >>>


The artwork used for this retreat is an oil painting called 'The Nativity' by N.C. Wyeth, painted in 1912. The detail in the version we are using was expanded by Plum Leaves on Flickr. More >>>


Music Details

We would like to extend a special thanks to the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars, Oxford for allowing the use of their sung O Antiphons.

 

Introduction

O Come O Come Emmanuel, performed by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles from Advent at Ephesus. Copyright © The Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles.

O Come O Come Emmanuel, by Eric Nordhoff from, Quietime: Christmas. Copyright © Eric Nordhoff

 

O Wisdom

O Sapientia, performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006

In Truth, by Hans Christian from Undefended Heart. Copyright © Magnatune

 

O Sacred Lord

O Adonai, performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006

Interludio no. 15, by the Communita di Bose, from Il Giorno del Signore. Copyright © Monastero di Bose

 

O Shoot of Jesse

O Radix Jesse, performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006

Light of the Heart, by Suzanne Teng from Enchanted Wind. © Magnatune

 

O Key of David

'O Clavis', performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006.

'Dolce Nenia', by Laura Inserra from 'Hang'. Copyright © Magnatune.

 

O Radiant Dawn

O Oriens, performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006.

Dream Colours, by Lee Rosevere from Time-Lapse Volume 4: Sleep Music. Used under a Creative Commons License.

 

O King of All Nations

O Rex Gentium, performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006.
Recall the Voice, by Dmitry Krasnaukov, from Legend. © Magnatune.

 

O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, performed by the Dominican Brothers of Blackfriars Oxford. Copyright © GodzDogz 2006.
To a New Beginning, by Hans Christian, from Undefended Heart. © Magnatune.

 

Conclusion

The Brightness Surrounds, by Ben McElroy, from A Bird Hits the Window. Used under a creative commons license.