CAMDEN, Maine — Meditating on the Antiphons of Advent at St Thomasâ€™ Church.T he verses of the familiar hymn, O come, O come, Emmanuel, are based on ancient antiphons that were sung with the Magnificat, the Song of Mary, during the week preceding Christmas. These antiphons now provide a peaceful welcome for the 5 p.m. Sunday and 9:30 a.m.Â Wednesday morning services at St. Thomasâ€™ Church during the seven weeks preceding Christmas.
John Rafter, rector of the church, states that â€śâ€¦each service will be simple, quiet, and contemplative. It will be built around one of the traditional Advent antiphons, and will include a Gospel reading, silence for reflection, prayer, and communionâ€ť.
These antiphons are a series of sequential phrases from the Old Testament, acclaiming the coming Messiah, and progressively welcoming him in his many names. While traditionally used during the seven days before Christmas, Mr. Rafter suggests that we use them for seven weeks to â€ślet every heart prepare him room,â€ť in the words of the Christmas carol Joy to the World.
St. Thomasâ€™ Church is located at 33 Elm Street, Camden, and welcomes the community to these services, and to its continuing Sunday morning services an 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.
Contact Name: Rev. John Rafter
Telephone Number: (207)236-3680