Each of the 4 Sundays in Advent, we’ll be lifting up one verse of the beloved hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, in song, preaching and special music. We also have Advent devotions available to use throughout Advent and the 12 days of Christmas (pick one up in the Narthex). In these ways, we join Christians around the world, past and present, in the Advent tradition of reflecting on brief prayers known as the “O Antiphons.” Christians have used the O Antiphons since the eighth century or perhaps even longer. On the first day of each set of devotions, a contemporary version of the antiphon serves as the scripture text, and a stanza from “O come, O come, Emmanuel” serves as the “To ponder” quotation. The next four days in the set include scripture texts traditionally associated with the antiphon and quotes chosen by the writers.

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