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O why do we use 'O?'

Welcome to the season of Advent, this intentional time to prepare for the coming of Christ into the weary world. It is a special time in so many ways, including our language. We use this word “O” all the time. We use it to begin prayers: “O, Lord,” or “O, God . . .” Hundreds of hymns and carols begin with this word, including Holy Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. In fact, the last of these is based on the seven great “O Antiphons” of the early church. These prayers are sung on the last seven days of Advent, in preparation for the coming of Christ. And they begin O Wisdom, O Lord, O Root of Jesse, O Key of David, O Dayspring, O King, and O Emmanuel . Comments (0)

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