The 6th Great Antiphon: O Rex Gentium — King of All the Nations

O Rex Gentium - King of All Nations

December 22: The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Rex Gentium or O King of All Nations. O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.

Adoration of the Magi


Happy Epiphany! This is the cover of the English-language January 2012 edition of Magnificat. It features “Adoration of the Magi,” an illumination from the Hours of Henry VIII, Tours, France, circa 1500. ©  The Pierpont Morgan Library / Art Resource / Scala, Florence I found the commentary by Pierre-Marie Dumont quite enlightening: “In the fourth century, Byzantine […]

From the Mouths of Babes: Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols

I recently participated in the Festival of Lessons and Carols at my parish, St. Francis of Assisi (SFA) in West Des Moines, Iowa. While Lessons and Carols is a rather new tradition here, it originated in 1918 at King’s College of the University of Cambridge in England as a thanksgiving service after the close of […]