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

O Rex Gentium - King of All Nations

Christ is the cornerstone -- a sure foundation The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Rex Gentium or O King of All Nations. 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 22 Antiphon 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. Symbol: The Crown … [Read more...]

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 art begins to differentiate the ages of the Magi; the first becomes an old man with a long white beard; the second a mature … [Read more...]

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 World War I. The festival was first broadcast by BBC Radio in 1928, and except for 1930, has been broadcast every Christmas Eve since, propelling its popularity far beyond … [Read more...]