We’d like to take a minute to talk to you about participating in Forward Movement’s 2018 Advent/Christmas meditation book! Advent is a special time for families and communities, and we want to hear from your families and communities as they reflect and pray about this holy season.About the project: The O Antiphons are an ancient set of prayers that remind us of the names and characteristics of the Messiah. Antiphons are phrases used like a chorus or a refrain during prayers, and the O Antiphons are particularly moving examples of different ways Jesus Christ moves and has his being with and among us. They also reference the prophesies of Isaiah and the coming of the Messiah.
The O Antiphons (so called because they each begin with “O” are traditionally used as part of the Vespers (an evening prayer service) said from December 17-23. We invite people to explore the O Antiphons throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas, lingering with each attribute of Jesus for several days.
You are invited to reflect upon your experience with these attributes of Jesus. Each reflection (written or visual) should focus on one O Antiphon and/or the scripture citation for the week. For example, you might want to talk about Jesus as the Key of David, or you might be particularly drawn to one of the lyrical sections of Isaiah. Ideal entries will contain a blend of personal reflection and Bible study.
You may submit up to three offerings for consideration.
Written meditations should be no more than 350 words (including a prayer) and may be either original prose or poetry. The prayer may either original or taken from The Book of Common Prayer and cited appropriately with page number.
Visual reflections may include photography, images of woodcuts, pen and ink, etc. The submissions must be at least 300 dpi and reproducible at 5×7 and in black and white only.
All submissions are due by January 15, 2018.
To fill out a submission form, find the readings for each week, and to see our creative brief for the project, please visit http://news.forwardmovement.org/2017/11/a-call-for-submissions-o-antiphons/
We look forward to hearing from your family!
Do you prefer to reflect on holy texts through art or words?