Antiphons for Advent and Christmas

Alternate antiphons for Gospel canticles

The following antiphons for the Canticle of Zechariah at Lauds (Morning Prayer) and the Canticle of Mary at Vespers (Evening Prayer) are offered as alternatives until the new English translation is ready. The ones below are translated from the Latin breviary available at iBreviary.org. Not all antiphons for all years are currently available; updates will come occasionally.

Advent

Sunday I

First Vespers (Evening Prayer I)

A Keep watch, Jesus says, for you know not the day your Lord will come.

B Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar, and his brightness will fill the entire earth.

C There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and tumult among the nations of earth, and then they will see the Son fo Man coming on a cloud, with power and great glory.

Lauds (Morning Prayer)

A Had the Master of the house known the hour the thief would come, he would have kept vigil, lest his home be broken into.

Second Vespers (Evening Prayer II)

A The Holy Spirit will come upon you, Mary; fear not: you will bear the Son of God in your womb, alleluia.

Sunday II

First Vespers

A This is the faithful and prudent steward, whom his Lord will has set over his household, so that he might in time give them the measure of grain.

Lauds

A A voice crying out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight his paths!

Second Vespers

A I baptize you in water for repentance, said John. The one who comes after me, is greater than I: he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and by fire.

Sunday III

First Vespers

A There was a man who was sent by God. His name was John; he came that he might testify to the Light.

Lauds

A When John, in chains, heard of Christ’s works, he sent two of his disciples to ask him: Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect another?

Second Vespers

A Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect another? Tell John what you see: the blind return to the light; the dead rise again; the poor hear the Good News; alleluia.

Sunday IV

The antiphon is proper to the day.

December 8th (Immaculate Conception)

The antiphons seem to remain constant regardless of year; see the current breviary for approved translations.

Christmas

The antiphons in Christmas season seem to remain constant regardless of year; see the current breviary for approved translations.

 

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