O Antiphones

      We are celebrating an early Christmas with Mom and Dad–a blast of a trip!  The cutest thing that happened on our first day was Mom announcing that, although she is not Catholic, she has put together her first Advent wreath, and has just learned what the “O antiphones” are.  It sounded like “anti-phones,” as in being “against” (as in “anti-“) iPhones or something.  Super cute.  She was talking about the antiphons, or prayers, that are said in the week approaching Christmas.  
     Truly, it is impressive that she would have ever heard of the Advent antiphons!  They are beautiful exclamations of joyful expectation of the birth of Christ.  She added to the delight by giving them a bit of a new name!  “The O Antiphones.”  I love it!