Monday, December 14, 2015

The O Antiphons

We all know the song O Come, O Come Emmanuel.  Standby favorite for the season of Advent- but did you know there is a lot more to it than that?  There are actually seven verses...that you may or may not get through when you are singing at church...and each of those verses specifically calls on a title of Christ that fulfilled prophecy from the Old Testament.

The song comes from the O Antiphons that are prayed by the whole Church during the seven days preceding Christmas Eve.  These O Antiphons start on December 17th with O Wisdom and end on December 23rd with O Emmanuel.

This year our school Christmas program is organized around the O Antiphons and the prophecy that pointed to who Christ would be.  In conjunction with what the music teacher is doing, I developed these printables to use with my students to help them prepare and pray during these last days of Advent.

I created a mini book with the seven O Antiphons.  Each page has the title of Christ, a symbol, the text of the Scripture, the date, and a reference for Isaiah and one of the Gospels.  Each student received one of these books and we walked through a Bible Study of the prophecy and fulfillment.  Then they picked their favorite and got a full sized coloring page to color and hang up with our other Advent decorations.

The mini book can also be printed, cut out, and used as ornaments:

Click here for the mini book/ornaments:
(Mini book- print two sided, cut horizontally, layer, fold vertically, staple.)
(Ornaments- print single sided, cut out circles, leave a small extra piece at the top, punch hole, attach string and hang.)

Click here for the full sized 8 page coloring book:

And even though I have *lots* of versions of O Come, O Come Emmanuel in my itunes library, this is one of my favorites:


  1. I am always amazed at your creativity and talent!

    1. :) thanks. These would be perfect for some relaxing adult coloring time!

  2. These are beautiful! My children are enjoying coloring them and they are really great as a part of our Advent display. Many thanks!

    God bless!

  3. Can you let me know what your music teacher is using? I've thought about this for my school's musical and I'd love to have something that's already done,

    1. Hi Jenn! Our music teacher is a rock star, and she usually creates her own Christmas Program. She just purchases individual songs and pairs them with Scripture, speaking parts, feature musical skills/talents, etc. This year was no exception, and it was my favorite program so far. I can't speak for her, but if you are interested, I could ask if she wouldn't mind me sharing the outline of the program with you or even putting you two in contact with each other. If you are interested, send me an email at katherine (dot) bogner (at) gmail (dot) com.

  4. Thank you so much. These are lovely I wish there were more teachers like you in our Catholic School. God Bless!!

  5. Love your blog, I have used many crafts and ideas from it! You have a true gift.
    Thank you for sharing and have a Wonderful Christmas!