In Malcolm Guite’s excellent book – Waiting on the Word – a collection of poems for each day for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, he includes a most extraordinary series of Antiphons. Antiphons were ancient poems written in the first centuries of the Church for reading in Advent. Malcolm’s poems are a fresh response to those ancient beauties and bring a living immediacy to these prayers of longing and waiting. These are among my favourites of all Malcolm Guite’s work. He has recorded his reading of each of these and those recordings can be listened to on his site, here.
The O Antiphon series is written by Rev Malcolm Guite.
For more information about these prayers and his recordings of them, link to Malcolm Guite’s website.
The image series titled “Glory Skies” used for each of these o antiphons are (c) Lancia E. Smith, and are used with permission for Malcolm Guite and for The Cultivating Project.
Lancia E. Smith is an author, photographer, business owner, and publisher. She is the founder and publisher of Cultivating Oaks Press, LLC, and the Executive Director of The Cultivating Project, the fellowship who create content for Cultivating Magazine. She has been honoured to serve in executive management, church leadership, school boards, and Art & Faith organizations over 35 years.
Now empty nesters, Lancia & her husband Peter make their home in the Black Forest of Colorado, keeping company with 200 Ponderosa Pine trees, a herd of mule deer, an ever expanding library, and two beautiful black cats. Lancia loves land reclamation, website and print design, beautiful typography, road trips, being read aloud to by Peter, and cherishes the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald. She lives with daily wonder of the mercies of the Triune God and constant gratitude for the beloved company of Cultivators.
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