Christ is the radiant dawn who brings eternal life
The O Antiphons reflections continue with O OriensÂ or O Dayspring.Â Read more about the rich history of all sevenÂ 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).
â€œToday, on the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the â€˜Dayspring, the Radiant Dawnâ€™. 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 Christâ€™s love to shine through us so that those who have not yet been enlightened will come to know His love and forgiveness.â€ (Reflection written byÂ the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)
Recommended Scripture Reading:
- Old Testament: Isaiah 9:1-2
- New Testament: Revelation 22:16
- Gospel:Â Luke 1:68-79 (The Benedictus/Canticle of Zechariah)
In the twentieth century, the Estonian composer Arvo PÃ¤rt 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 Christâ€™s eternal light.
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