The 5th Great Antiphon: O Oriens — O Dayspring

Christ is the radiant dawn who brings eternal life

The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Oriens or O Dayspring. Read more about the rich history of all seven O Antiphons, a great treasure of the Advent season: The Great Antiphons & the Rich History of O Come, O Come Emmanuel.

December 21 Antiphon: O Oriens, O Dayspring

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

Symbol: The sun with rays: just as the natural sun gives light and life to all upon whom its rays fall, so Christ, the Radiant Dawn, dispels darkness and brings eternal life and light (Image Source: Catholic Culture).

“Today, on the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the ‘Dayspring, the Radiant Dawn’. And while He is the light of the world, He also tells us that in Him we are the light of the world. Our vocation as disciples of Christ is to spread this light to the world, to allow the brilliant light of Christ’s love to shine through us so that those who have not yet been enlightened will come to know His love and forgiveness.” (Reflection written by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)

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In the twentieth century, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt set a German translation of these antiphons for choral use under the title Magnificat Antiphonen. Here is his Antiphonen: No. 5: O Morgenstern. May it provide an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on dark areas in our life that need illuminated by Christ’s eternal light.

Related articles: The Great Antiphons & the Rich History of O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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