Since the early centuries of the church, Christians have sung the “O Antiphons” as part of their evening prayers during final days of Advent. Each antiphon explores one of the biblical titles of Jesus: Emmanuel (God with us), Rex (King of the Nations), Oriens (Morning Star), Clavis (Key of David), Radix (Root of Jesse), Adonai (Lord), and Sapientia (Wisdom). Make the O Antiphons part of your Advent traditions with The Great O Antiphons: A Coloring Book for Advent from Pelican Printery House
Elizabeth Lemme of Pelican House Printery has created a beautiful Advent devotional and coloring book celebrating these ancient names of Jesus. This 18-page Advent coloring book features two pages for each of the antiphons. The first page provides the English translation of the antiphon with scriptural references which can be read, studied, and prayed over. The second page provides the Latin antiphon with an image inspired by traditional iconography. Each image is surrounded with a hand-drawn border of poinsettias, pine cones, greenery, and a ring of Gregorian chant from the actual notated antiphon.
These antiphons are packed with symbolic meaning and beautiful scripture references, all of which are manifested in the images provided in the coloring book:
- "O Sapientia" (O Wisdom), December 17th, icon of Holy Wisdom
- "O Adonai," December 18th, is the icon of Moses and the Burning Bush
- "O Radix Jesse," (Root of Jesse), December 19th, an icon of the Tree of Jesse
- "O Clavis David," (Key of David), December 20th, an icon of the Harrowing of Hell
- "O Oriens," (O Morning Star), December 21st, an icon of Our Lady of the Sign
- "O Rex Gentium" (O King of the Nations), December 22nd, an icon of Christ the King
- "O Emmanuel," December 23rd, a devotional image of the Nativity
At the conclusion of the coloring book, there is a word puzzle game. This ancient acrostic is sure to fascinate youth and adults alike and will enliven this beautiful tradition of the church.
A wonderful activity book for all ages (including adults), the Great O Antiphon Coloring Book is available here as a digital download and can be printed in the ease of your own home, year after year, for personal household use.
All illustrations in this coloring book, including all vine work, ornate capital letters, borders, scrolls, and imagery were original conceived and hand-drawn by the artist at Pelican Printery House using the traditional methods of dip pen and Sumi ink on Bristol Board.
This product is a digital download that will be accessible immediately upon completing checkout.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Elizabeth Lemme is a wife, mother, musician, and artist. She holds a B.A. in piano performance and pedagogy from Whitworth University and an M.M. in the same from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her international studies in Byzantine iconography and iconology have informed her growing portfolio of artwork available on her Etsy store, Pelican Printery House. Elizabeth’s music studio is in Nebraska, where she resides with her husband and four children.