December 17 marks the beginning of the ‘O Antiphons’ at evening prayer:
O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner.
O come to teach us the way of truth.
The light of Christmas begins to blot out the lights of the individual days, as planets are blotted out when they appear too close to the Sun.
The O Antiphons count down the last seven days before Christmas.
Bringing with them, hope, longing and sound, transformative teaching.