These last days of Advent are traditionally known as the Great Days of Advent. Each day has a prayer known as an “O Antiphon,” which is a based on a title of the Messiah given in Scriptures.
We’d like to invite you to spend a moment during each of the Great Days of Advent to prepare for the celebration of Christmas, reflecting on Pope Francis’ words to young people in his “Letter to Young People on the Occasion of the Presentation of the Preparatory Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,” 13 January 2017
with the prayer of the traditional “O Antiphons” (source: www.usccb.org).
Since we are also preparing for the Synod of Bishops for young people, may the Lord continue to help us discern the vocation we are given to share in the mission of the Savior of the World.
The disciples asked Jesus, “Teacher […] where are you staying?” He replied, “Come and see” (John 1:38). Jesus looks at you and invites you to go with him. Dear young people, have you noticed this look towards you? Have you heard this voice? Have you felt this urge to undertake this journey? I am sure that, despite the noise and confusion seemingly prevalent in the world, this call continues to resonate in the depths of your heart so as to open it to joy in its fullness.
O Wisdom of our God Most High,
guiding creation with power and love:
come to teach us the path of knowledge!