Leigh Hatts  

Mary & Joseph have set out…

The seven O Antiphons

Today is another Advent staging post.

It’s just over a week to go before Christmas and if Mary and Joseph are to be in Bethlehem they will need to have started their 90 mile journey from Nazareth.

By tradition they set out about now and are accompanied by the singing of the O Antiphons at Mass and Vespers or Evensong.

An O Antiphons is said or sung over the next seven days starting today with O Sapientia or O Wisdom inspired by the Old Testament.

You will hear them at a cathedral evensong and find all brought together in the Advent hymn O come, O come, Emmanuel sung to a 15th-century tune.