O Oriens

5th Antiphon O Oriens 21 December

O Dayspring, Brightness of the Light Eternal
and Sun of Righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness
and the shadow of death.

In the last chapter of the Hebrew Scriptures is the prophecy of the Day when the Lord shall be revealed, a consuming fire to those who reject him, but to his own people a Sun whose rays bring light and healing and wholeness. Echoing it are the words of the father of John the Baptist (Luke 1:78-79), the last Messianic prophecy, the last inspired utterance before the birth of Christ.

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