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Okiemockbird Antiphon of Dec 21: O Oriens (12) RE: Antiphon of the Day: O Oriens 21 Dec 99

'Spaw, welcome back. I missed you, too.

I wasn't planning to post an antiphon for every day. I just thought the Mudcat might appreciate the O-antiphons which are customary for the closing days of Advent.

Antiphon is pronounced approximately "Aunt-a-Fawn".

There are several ways of using antiphons. Personally I think the "O" antiphons work well as independent songs. But anyhow, I think the customary way is as follows: The cantor sings the antiphon. Everyone repeats it. Then the people on the Cantoris side of the church (I think this is the starbord side of the "Nave"--which means, literally, "ship"--but don't hold me to it) sing a verse of the psalm or canticle. Then the people on the other (Decani) side of the church sing another verse. Then everyone sings the antiphon or part of the antiphon. The song proceeds in that way until the end, when everyone joins together on the whole antiphon (even if only a part of it was sung between verses) one last time. So it's sort of a chorus or refrain for a psalm or canticle.


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