Novena Advent 2023

O Come Emmanuel

The “O Antiphons” are prayed for 7 days in preparation for Christmas: December 17–23. For those familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours, these are the antiphons used with the Magnificat each day. They are based on Isaiah’s prophecies and reveal the different titles given to the Messiah.

 Individual Theme

28 October 2023

O Wisdom

O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge!

4 November 2023

O Lord

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!

11 November 2023

O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!

18 November 2023

O Key of David

O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of Heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.

25 November 2023

O Rising Sun

O Radiant Dawn, splendour of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.

2 December 2023

O King of Nations

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

9 December 2023

God with us, Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!

16 December 2023

Annunciation – Mary

Jesus, Son of the Most High

23 December 2023

He is Christ the Lord

Birth of Jesus  – Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you.

Date: 29 October 2022
Individual Theme: John the Baptist
Readings: He [Jesus] must increase; I must decrease. John 3:30

Date: 5 November 2022
Individual Theme: Zechariah
Readings: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people. He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant,……to show us mercy to our fathers. Luke 1:68-72

Date: 12 November 2022
Individual Theme: Elizabeth
Readings: And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me. Luke 1:43

Date: 19 November 2022
Individual Theme: Anna
Readings: Anna was a widow at the age of eight-four…… Luke 2: 37,38

Date: 26 November 2022
Individual Theme: Simeon
Readings: Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace… Luke 2:29,30

Date: 3 December 2022
Individual Theme: Shepherds
Readings: Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them….you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in manger. Luke 2:8-12

Date: 10 December 2022
Individual Theme: Magi
Readings: Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage….They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Matthew 2:1-11

Date: 17 December 2022
Individual Theme: Joseph
Readings: Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid…Matthew 1:20,21,24

Date: 24 December 2022
Individual Theme: Mary
Readings: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Luke 1:42