We've come to the end of the Great O Antiphons, and the Medieval countdown to Christmas. It means even more to me now that I've learned how all of December, up until Christmas Eve, was considered a time of fasting and repenting, no meat, eggs or dairy allowed for the whole 3 1/2 weeks leading up to Christmas. No wonder they celebrated the holiday for Twelve Days, when it finally came!
In some ways, it's like the old observance of Lent used to be. A time of waiting, hoping, fasting and practicing patience. I know I definitely need more practice with patience! It is also a reminder of our anticipation, as we await the coming of Christ, when He was born as a human being here on this very earth. In my church, they also remind us to anticipate His Second Coming as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
The antiphon for this day reads: