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O Antiphons

I’ll note here briefly in advance of questions that the breviary follows the Sarum and prayer book practice of beginning the O Antiphons of Advent on the 16th of December. The Roman form, beginning on the 17th, lacks the last of the antiphons appointed in our scheme for the 23rd:

O Virgin of virgins, how shall this be? for neither before thee, nor shall there be after. Daughters of Jerusalem, why marvel ye at me? the thing which ye behold is a divine mystery.

For more, here’s a piece I wrote at the Episcopal Cafe a while back on the O Antiphons.

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