Saturday of the Fourth week of Advent Ero Cras REFLECT On Christmas Eve all our Advent waiting comes together. We look back at the prophecies of Israel and see time and again how Christ fulfills them all. They point clearly to the Redeemer, but this […]


Friday of the Fourth week of Advent O Emmanuel REFLECT Emmanuel means “God with us.” We know the word well from the popular Advent hymn that includes the name in the title. But despite how often we’ve heard it sung, like many things that are […]


Thursday of the Fourth week of Advent O Rex Gentium REFLECT In today’s O Antiphon verse, the Church sings, “O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; / O Keystone of the mighty arch of man: / Come and save […]


Wednesday of the Fourth week of Advent O Oriens REFLECT Christ is called the “radiant dawn” or “the dayspring.” One special Advent tradition in Northern Europe centers around attending a series of votive Masses prayed in honor of the Virgin Mary. These Masses — called […]


Tuesday of the Fourth week of Advent O Clavis David REFLECT The Hebrew word messiah means “the anointed.” In ancient Israel the kings were anointed with oil, marking them as special servants of the Lord. Consider the anointing of King David from the Old Testament: […]


Monday of the Fourth week of Advent O Radix Jesse REFLECT Today the Church sings, “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, / you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples. … / Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.” At […]


Fourth Sunday of Advent Matthew 1:18–24 REFLECT Christmas draws very near. In just seven days we will celebrate again the great feast of the Incarnation, the birthday of Our Lord. And as the height of the drama of Christmas approaches, we turn to Mary and […]


SATURDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT O Sapientia REFLECT Today begins the singing of the traditional O Antiphons. The antiphons sung at Vespers during the Liturgy of the Hours (and at daily Mass as the verse during the “Alleluia”) invoke the coming Messiah. They […]


FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT Isaiah 56:1 REFLECT Chapter 56 of Isaiah begins, “Thus says the Lord: / Observe what is right, do what is just; / for my salvation is about to come, / my justice, about to be revealed.” Saint Jerome, […]


THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT Isaiah 54:1–10 REFLECT To fully understand the first verses of Isaiah 54, we have to turn to the dark period of Israel’s exile. During the Babylonian captivity, the Temple was destroyed, and the Israelites were taken from the […]