Advent O’ Antiphons and Inspire Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children Campaign

This prayer puts the 7 traditional O’Antiphons of Advent alongside the 7 INSPIRE Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children. INSPIRE is a package developed by experts and led by the World Health Organisation, is a set of seven strategies (or solutions) to end violence against children. The O’Antiphons are traditionally used for the Sunday of Advent 4 or daily over the last week of Advent.  This prayer could be used as prayers of petition / intercession for our world and others.


Reader: Introduction

The true nature of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children. When children are hurt, we, as a society, are diminished. When we work together to end violence in their lives, we rise to the best in ourselves, we help children reach their full potential, and we promote a future of peace and dignity for the next generation.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains a bold, ambitious and clear call to eliminate violence against children in our world. This provides a unique opportunity to catalyse action that builds safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for every child. INSPIRE is a package developed by experts and led by the World Health Organisation, is a set of seven strategies (or solutions) to ending violence against children cross the health, social welfare, education, nance, and justice sectors and are underpinned by strong or promising evidence of success in many countries.We all have the power and responsibility to act. This prayer puts the 7 traditional O’Antiphons of Advent alongside the 7 INSPIRE Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Congregation: O’Antiphon 1: 

O Wisdom of our God Most High,

guiding creation with power and love:

come to teach us the path of knowledge!

Reader: INSPIRE Strategy:  Education and life skills.

Increase children’s access to more effective, gender-equitable education, social-emotional learning and life-skills training, and ensure that school environments are safe and enabling.

We pray for gains in education for both girls and boys protect against both victimization and perpetration of violence.

We pray for approaches such as increasing enrolment in pre-school, primary and secondary schools, establishing a safe and enabling school environment, improving children’s knowledge about sexual abuse and how to protect themselves against it, adolescent intimate partner violence prevention programmes, and life and social skills training programmes.

We pray for programmes that strengthen children’s social and emotional learning enhance their communication and relationship skills and help them learn to solve problems, deal with emotions, empathize and safely manage conflict – life skills that can prevent violence.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

 

Congregation: O’Antiphon 2: 

O Leader of the House of Israel,

giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:

come to rescue us with your mighty power!

Reader: Inspire Strategy: Implementation and enforcement of laws;

Ensure the implementation and enforcement of laws to prevent violent behaviours, reduce excessive alcohol use, and limit youth access to arms and other weapons.

We pray for governments and lawmakers to pass laws prohibiting violent behaviours like sexual abuse or violent punishment of children signal that society does not consider these behaviours acceptable. Laws that hold perpetrators accountable for their actions and reduce risk for violence against children.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Congregation: O’Antiphon 3: 

O Root of Jesse’s stem,

sign of God’s love for all his people:

come to save us without delay!

Reader: Inspire Strategy: Income and economic strengthening;

Improve families’ economic security and stability, thereby reducing intimate partner violence and child maltreatment.

We pray for those approaches that make cash transfers to families in combination with parent training and/or on condition that they ensure their children attend school;

We ask for the  provision of micro-finance in combination with education for men and women on gender norms, domestic violence and sexuality.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Congregation: O’Antiphon 4: 

O Key of David,

opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:

come and free the prisoners of darkness!

Reader: Inspire Strategy: Response and support services;

Improve access to good- quality health, social welfare and criminal justice support services for all children who need them – including for reporting violence – to reduce the long-term impact of violence.

We pray that children who have experienced violence would receive access to a variety of health and support services to help them heal. Services that also help break the cycle of violence in children’s lives and help them better cope and recover.

We pray for those pioneering counselling and therapeutic approaches, screening combined with interventions, treatment programmes for juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system, and foster care interventions involving social welfare services.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Congregation: O’Antiphon 5: 

O Radiant Dawn,

splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:

come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the

shadow of death.

Reader: Inspire Strategy : Safe Environments

Create and sustain safe streets and other environments where children and youth gather and spend time.

We pray for efforts to modify communities’ social and physical environment to foster positive – and deter harmful – behaviours.

We pray for  problem- oriented policing directed towards “hotspots” for violence,  and for those who would interrupt violent conflicts by stopping retaliatory violence, and work to change the built environment.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Congregation: O’Antiphon 6: 

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:

come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Reader: Inspire Strategy: Parent and Caregiver Support

Reduce harsh parenting practices and create positive parent-child relationships by helping parents and caregivers understand the importance of positive, non- violent discipline and of close, effective communication.

We pray for those offering parent training through home visiting or in groups teaching about their children’s development and positive parenting practices such as non-violent discipline, and effective parent-child communication on sensitive topics.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland

Congregation: O’Antiphon 7: 

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:

come to save us, Lord our God!

Reader: Inspire Strategy: Norms and Values

Strengthen norms and values that support non-violent, respectful, nurturing, positive and gender equitable relationships for all children and adolescents.

We pray for the modification of deeply ingrained social and cultural norms and behaviours – in particular, the idea that some forms of violence are not only normal, but sometimes justifiable.

We pray for approaches such as community mobilization programmes, bystander interventions, and small group work that challenge harmful gender and social norms of boys.

Refrain:

Come Lord Come quickly Iona

Song Title : Come, Lord, come quickly Published in : Heaven shall not wait Author : John L Bell and Graham Maule Composer : John L Bell Copyright Ack: Words & Music: Paraphrase © 1987 WGRG, Iona Community, Glasgow G2 3DH, Scotland
Information from INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children
O’Antiphons —from Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers
More contemporary translations of O’Antiphons adapted by Nathan Nettleton & Garry Deverell from the traditional texts are available from http://laughingbird.net/Seasonal.html

Other O’Antiphon Resources:

Music Video/ Visual Liturgy: Opening Ourselves to Advent 

An Advent confession using the traditional O’ Antiphons. Consider using before communion for reflection.

Artist: Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

Celebrant:

The Lamb of God comes with pardon, giving hope to all creation. In hope and confidence, then, as Your children, God, we arrive at Advent season to wait with honest longings in our hearts. It is with true hope that we pray:

God of all creation, we wait for the fullness of You, for the intimacy of You. Forgive us, God, for the times we have lived against You, for acting or not acting, in ignorance, and spoiling the abundance You give.

People:

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, pervading all creation, to balance all things with strength and gentleness, come now and teach us the way to salvation. Come, Lord Jesus.

Celebrant:

God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. Forgive us for missing You everywhere, for not setting aside time to rest in You, for treating Your name like any other.

People:

O Adonai, ruler of the house of Israel, who appeared as an eternal flame to Moses and gave him the law on Sinai, extend Your hand to us. Come, Lord Jesus.

Celebrant:

God, we are at one another’s throats. If we can divide, we will, time and again. Forgive our part in injustice. Who are we to judge who is in the right? What’s good and bad? Who are we to judge sin and righteousness? Who are we to place ourselves in Your seat of judgment? Forgive us for rejecting Your prophets and messengers of peace, forgive us for not seeing that Your way is for us, for fighting against ourselves, our brothers and sisters, and against You and Your creation.

People:

O Root of Jesse, sprouting as a sign for one and all, Your presence humbles the rulers of earth, everyone will honor You. Bring us to You. Come soon Lord Jesus.

O Key of David and scepter of the House of Israel, You open what no person can close. You close what no man can open. You have become the gateway, calling through our abandoned souls. Come and lead us through You, Jesus. 

Celebrant:

God, there are days we survive only by diving deep inside ourselves. We wince at Your glory and survive by our vices. Forgive us for worshipping passing pleasures. For lying, wasting, using and wanting more and more.

People:

O Radiant Dawn of the East, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: Give light to those who sit in darkness, bring life to those who have found comfort in the shadow of death. Come, Lord Jesus.

Celebrant:

God, we are bound to make mistakes, but thankfully because of Your grace we not bound to our mistakes forever. We agree we need You to liberate us time and time again. For all the times we’ve missed You being in front of us or behind us, forgive us.

People:

O King of the Gentiles, the One in whom we desire, the cornerstone that brings all together, come and deliver us, the ones whom you formed from dust and breath.

O Immanuel, our sovereign mediator, heart of Your people, savior of all, come and save us, O Lord our God. Come, Lord Jesus.

Time of Reflection.

Celebrant:

Graceful God, ever faithful to Your promises, the earth actively hopes to know Your presence here, now, and always. Bless our minds to recognize You. Bless our hearts to accept You. Bless our arms to receive You.

People:

Amen.


Music Video/ Visual Liturgy: A Womb for a Wounded World

Poet and priest Malcolm Guite recites two O Antiphon inspired Advent poems.

Artist: Travis Reed (The Work of the People) subscription required

 

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