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Christmas Novena

December 20, 2011

The last few days of Advent are very special as we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of the Christ child. From the 16th to the 24th of December, our Sisters have a tradition of having a Christmas Novena. This practice within our community dates back to the 1930’s.

Each day of the novena highlights one of the “O Antiphons.” The O Antiphons are from Old Testament prophecies. We meditate on these titles of the Lord: O Wisdom, O Lord, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Rising Sun, O King of Nations, O Emmanuel. These titles can be found in the Gospel antiphons for Mass and the Canticle Antiphon for evening prayer.

The chapel is darkened and the novena is done by candlelight. This is so we may better reflect on being in darkness and awaiting the light of the world.

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