O Antiphons: Advent Names of God

December 5 to December 31, 2016 (Exhibit)

Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ


Artist Program:
Praying the Advent Names of God
Tuesdays, 12/6 & 12/13, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Seven short verses are sung before the Magnificat during the Evening Prayer of the Church on the seven days before the vigil of Christmas. Each begins with the exclamation "O."  Each ends with a plea for the Messiah to come.

These O Antiphons, as they are known, were composed in the seventh or eighth century when monks put together texts from the Old Testament which looked forward to the coming of our salvation. They form a rich mosaic of scriptural images, and became very popular in the Middle Ages.


Artist Program: Praying the Advent Names of God

Join artist Ansgar Holmberg and prayer poet Joan Mitchell to reflect and meditate on the Advent names of God.  A blend of words and images will invite us to transform the traditional O Antiphons from the Advent Liturgy of the Hours into the context of evolutionary cosmology, opening new space for us to anticipate Jesus’ birth in our busy lives and our planet in peril.   

The practice of praising God throughout the day reaches back to Israel’s temple with dawn and dusk the most important times for prayer.   Vespers, the evening prayer, concludes with the Magnificat, the prayer Mary proclaims after she says yes to becoming the Mother of God.  Each dusk from December 17 to 23, an O Antiphon precedes the Magnificat, drawing on the scriptures of Israel to invite the long promised and awaited messiah to come.  Use what we pray together to shape your own or your family’s meditations, as we celebrate the incarnation of God as one of us in Jesus.

 O Antiphons cards created by Sr. Ansgar and Sr. Joan will be available for purchase at the event. They can also be purchased at Good Ground Press as well as in the Wisdom Ways office.

WHEN: Tuesdays, December 6 and 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

COST: $40.00

This program is now closed for registration.


Photo Credit: Kabeya MediaAnsgar Holmberg, CSJ, studied with renowned liturgical artist Ade Bethune. Holmberg’s color-saturated works are more reminiscent of folk art than conventional religious images.  Her art arises from her own spiritual journey and life changes.  Her interpretations of themes are not fixed in the manner of icons, but ever changing through time. 

Purchase "O Antiphons" cards.

These cards are beautifully illustrated by Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ, with prayer poems by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. Each illustration has the original antiphon and its scriptural sources on the back.

View sample

The art exhibit can be viewed on the ground floor of the Carondelet Center

Building Hours December 20 - December 31
Building opens at 8:30 unless otherwise specified

Tuesday, December 20: Close at 8:30 pm

Wednesday, December 21: Close at 9:15 pm

Thursday, December 22: Close at 4:30 pm

Friday, December 23: Building Closed

Saturday, December 24: Building Closed

Sunday, December 25: Building Closed

Monday, December 26: Building Closed

Tuesday, December 27: Close at 4:30 pm

Wednesday, December 28: Close at 8:30 pm

Thursday, December 29: Close at 9:00 pm

Friday, December 30: Close at 4:30 pm

Saturday, December 31: Building Closed