“O” my goodness!

Catholics are quirky.

Take the “O Antiphons” which are traditionally recited each evening during the last days of Advent .

The seven “O Antiphons” (also called the “Greater Antiphons” or “Major Antiphons”) are prayers that come from the Breviary’s Vespers during the Octave before Christmas Eve, a time which is called the “Golden Nights.”

Now here’s the quirky part (which I personally love.)

Each Antiphon begins with “O” and addresses Jesus with a unique title which comes from the prophecies of Isaias and Micheas (Micah), and whose initials, when read backwards, form an acrostic for the Latin “Ero Cras” which means “Tomorrow I come.” Those titles for Christ are:
Sapientia
Adonai
Radix Jesse
Clavis David
Oriens
Rex Gentium
Emmanuel

When read backwards? Who came up with this stuff? It’s great.

All kidding aside, it really is great. Our Catholic faith is full of devotions and prayers that can really enrich our experience. Find out more about praying the O Antiphons here.

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