Sunday, December 21, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Advent: O Radiant Dawn (O Oriens)
Darkness before the dawn
O Oriens (O Radiant Dawn) is one of the seven O Antiphons sung or recited at Vespers. In English, it goes: O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. On this, the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, fill your heart with anticipation for the coming light of Christ.
Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 (11). “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.”