The Great “O” Antiphon for December 21st is O Clavis David (Key of David). This evocation from our joint Hebrew-Christian past is part of the 12th C. celebration of the last 7 days of Advent, The hymn for the occasion is Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus, sung by soloist Jared Haselbarth. The hymn was composed by Charles Wesley and is sung to the German-inspired tune, Stuttgart. You can access much of Mr. Haselbarth’s Christian music at http://www.nabaudio.com.
The Great “O” Antiphons seasonal video series offers not only stirring music, including a wonderful, evocative Celtic-inspired playing of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, but also graphic images from the rich artistic tradition of Christianity. Other episodes in the series are linked from the Digital Library page.