December 18 starts the last week of Advent and we begin with the "O Antiphons". I have articles of these posted last year. This is such a beautiful devotion to practice just before Christmas. If this is not enough info on it - please refer to the articles written last year during December on the "O Antiphons". Here is an article written by Professor Plinio Correa de Oliveira found on Tradition in Action:
Expectation of Our Lady - December 18
by: Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
December 18 begins the last week of Advent, which the Church calls the Week of Expectation. We are only one week away from the Birth of Our Lord, and the Church imagines the jubilation and hope of Our Lady in expectation of her parturition: she was waiting to admire the Blessed Face of the Son she was generating in her womb.
Our Lady had begged God to hasten the coming of the Messiah, God heard her omnipotent prayer, and the Incarnation in fact was anticipated. She was invited to be the Mother of the Word. She accepted, and conceived the Incarnate Word in her womb. In this last week of her gestation, she is waiting with expectation to see the Face of her Son so that she might have a more profound knowledge of His soul and His full personality.
She also awaits the salvation of the world that approaches. She sees the hour coming when the glory of God will cease to be offended by the legacy of original sin. The Devil’s reign that dominated for more than 4,000 years is drawing to its end. She senses that the Reign of Our Lord Jesus Christ is near. Only one week is lacking for the birth of the Word that marks the beginning of the end of the reign of the Devil. It was definitely destroyed when Our Lord was immolated on the Cross and the Redemption was consummated.
These considerations filled the heart of Our Lady with hope. That is why during this period of waiting she is called Our Lady of the Expectation, Our Lady of the Hope or Our Lady of the O!, since on each of the seven days before Christmas there is an antiphon in the liturgy that the Church attributes to her. All of these antiphons begin with the exclamation – O! – and continue with adapted words of the Old Testament that refer to the birth of Our Lord and His Redemption.
These antiphons, called the "Greater Antiphons" or the "O Antiphons," are the following:
Antiphon 1: O Wisdom! Thou came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, Thou ordered all things mightily and sweetly. Come, and teach us the way of prudence.
Antiphon 2: O Adonai, Ruler of the House of Israel! Thou appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him Thy law. Come to redeem us with the strength of Thy arm.
Antiphon 3: O Root of Jesse! Thou stand as a sign for all peoples; before Thee kings shall keep silence and to Thee all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay.
Antiphon 4: O Key of David, Scepter of the House of Israel! Thou doth open and no man closes; Thou doth close and no man opens. Come, and deliver from the chains of prison those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Antiphon 5: O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice! Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Antiphon 6: O King of the Gentile, the Awaited One of all! Thou are the cornerstone that binds two into one. Come, and save man whom Thou fashioned out of clay.
Antiphon 7: O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Hope and Salvation of the nations! Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Tomorrow is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe! I have put a link below that gives a beautiful history if you are not familiar with this devotion. This website - OLRL.org has many wonderful things on it. I encourage you to use it and purchase leaflets and brochures that are helpful to family and friends.
The times today are no different from the day when Our Lady came to Mexico. We are offering human sacrifice all over the world. Satanism is rampant and the worship of Satan means human sacrifice. With so many abortions and abused children, we need this devotion to offer reparation for the sins and crimes of this nation, the Church and of the world. Have a blessed feast day!!
Our Lady of Guadalupe - pray for us!
So sorry for not posting this earlier - been crazy busy. We are already into the Novena for The Immaculate Conception Feast - December 8 which started on November 30th - the same day as the St. Andrew Christmas Prayer. We also have Our Lady of Guadalupe which is Dec. 12. This novena starts tomorrow - December 3rd. I will post links to these prayers below.
A little about the Immaculate Conception. I love to recount the fact that Pope Pius IX on Dec. 8th 1854 proclaimed the Immaculate Conception a dogma of faith. Before this time it was disputed but the Church was strong enough to conquer its attackers with the teaching and writings of the Church. It must have been at this time in history (Freemasonry taking hold of high places in the Church) that it was GREATLY needed! And why not - Satan hates the Woman appointed to crush his head.
Even after this dogma was given to the Church, God had to intervene and proclaim this Truth with the appearance of Our Queen and Mother - just four years later. It is so beautiful to see that four years later (after much intellectual pride from the theologians - I am sure!) Our Lady comes Herself to tell little Bernadette of Lourdes - "I Am The Immaculate Conception!" WOW! But of course - who is going to believe a peasant girl so therefore - God had to allow a miraculous spring of water for all those doubting Thomas' that would exist both then and now. --- I love this piece of history!
From the first instant of Her conception in the womb of Her mother St. Anne, She was preserved free from original sin in order to be that spotless tabernacle for Jesus. That doesn't seem too hard to comprehend - but for the unbelieving, scientific scholars it is impossible. Never did Our Lady ever yield to the smallest sin - She was always pure. She always did the will of God. May we live to imitate Her and beg Her for the graces to be pleasing to the Father.
Below are some links for the Novena prayers so that we can start our Advent out with graces. May you have a very Holy Advent and May Our Lady watch over you and guide you to the manger.
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 5 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!