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The O Antiphon for December 23: O EmmanuelIsaiah 7:14 / Isaiah 8:6-8 / Matthew 1:18-25
The O Antiphon for December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)Isaiah 2:4 / I Peter 2:4-6 / Revelation 15:3
The O Antiphon for December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)Isaiah 9:2 / Malachi 4:2 / Luke 1:78-79
The O Antiphon for December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)Isaiah 22:15-25 / Isaiah 9:6-7 / Revelation 3:7
The O Antiphon for December 19:
The O Antiphon for December 18: O AdonaiExodus 3:1-15 / Isaiah 11:4-5 / Isaiah 33:22
Tonight is the first of the seven "Golden Nights" of Advent (Dec. 17-23) in which the O Antiphons are traditionally prayed.  Known in English primarily by their versification in O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, the O Antiphons (so-called because each begins with "O") each address Jesus with a unique Messianic title from Old Testament prophecy.  Each antiphon is prayed--chanted or spoken--on its corresponding night this week:
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Sunday begins the season of Advent, and with it a new year in the Church's liturgical calendar.  Through the Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter seasons the Church centers its focus on the life of Christ, from his birth in Bethlehem to his sacrificial death, resurrection, and ascension to glory.  At Pentecost, attention turns to the life of the Church and its mission to the world--proclaiming Christ's saving Gospel to a sinful race.
In his 2009 book The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, Ben Sherwood describes an intriguing phenomenon known as the Stockdale Paradox (after Admiral James Stockdale, the highest-ranking P.O.W. of the Vietnam War), which suggests a counterintuitive link between optimism and survival: When [interviewer Jim Collins] asked Stockdale to explain which American prisoners did not survive captivity in Vietnam, the admiral replied, “Oh, that’s easy. The optimists.”