Video review: SSJE O Antiphon teaching series
Video review: SSJE O Antiphon teaching series

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The Society of St. John the Evangelist continues to find innovative ways to share monastic wisdom with Christians around the world.

We’ve mentioned on Key Resources and on social media their clever Pinterest Advent Calendar. But today we want to lift up their newly launched “Advent School of Prayer.”

What exactly does that mean? Well, as with Lent 2013’s Praying Our Lives series, it means an SSJE brother sharing something of his and the community’s life of prayer via a daily video on their YouTube channel. In this case, the subject of the teaching is the O Antiphons, verses sung at evening prayer before and after the Magnificat in the closing days of Advent.

If you’ve sung “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” you’ve encountered the O Antiphons before. But the brothers’ teaching promises to open up these ancient “prayers and promises” in new ways. And the recordings of the community’s chanting are gems in and of themselves.

So far, the brothers don’t seem quite as comfortable as they did in last year’s Lenten series. But the genre here is very different; it’s the kind of detailed teaching that requires a script—and more than just a couple minutes of your time.

Still, liturgy buffs, those interested in monastic spirituality, and anyone wanting to soak in more of the quiet mystery of this holy season will come away enlightened in more ways than one.

Kyle Matthew Oliver (@kmoliver) is the digital missioner and learning lab coordinator in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and a panelist on the new Easter People podcast.

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