O Antiphon Ideas for Catholic Families- An Advent Tradition

The great thing about the O Antiphons is, they don’t start until December 17! That means even if you missed the boat with an Advent wreath or a Jesse tree, you’ve still got time for this! 🙂

If you’re not familiar with the O Antiphons, or even if you are, I suggest that you read my page all about the O Antiphons before moving on. I want to be very clear that the O Antiphons are not like the Jesse tree in that the focus is not about having a “thing” where you move or hang something every day to celebrate these. However, a lot of people around blog-land have really cool things they’ve made that I would compare to a Jesse tree in that way. That’s a neat idea because you only have to build it once, and you would have it year after year. Here are some of my favorites.

o antiphon crafts and printablesO Antiphon Printable

In The Advent Christmas Planner on page 41, I included an introduction to the O Antiphons, and then 3 pages with the golden night novena mixed in with the lyrics to “O Come O Come Emmanuel.” This makes observing these days a snap all with one resource! This is what we use to simply celebrate these days in our home.

O Antiphon Cards

O Antiphons from the Catholic Icing Monthly Membership (December 2023)

O Antiphon Crafts

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Perfect for families! Each month you gain access to printable activity pages, crafts, home altar pieces, and more.
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O Antiphon Printable Prayers

  • This O Antiphon prayer companion is free to print, and is absolutely beautiful! (Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for the links. Even though it says “updated 2012”, it’s good for every year.

O Come O Come Emmanuel- Printable Lyrics

Also, you can find all of my Advent and Christmas resources for Catholic families here.

The Advent Christmas Planner- available from Catholic Icing


  1. I was feeling bad that Advent was getting away from us and here we are in the 3rd week and still no Jesse tree (again). God is a giver of so many second chances – O Antiphons, here we come!

  2. We just started celebrating the O Antiphons last year. I took the beautiful images from the document from Feast and Feria, cut them out and laminated them, and we hang one up on our wall each day while we say the prayer and sing O Come O Come Emmanuel.

  3. Tracy Bua Smith says

    Thank you Lacy for this great list of resources. This year is the first year I will attempt to learn and pray through the O Antiphons with my family 🙂 I linked up your post here to my brief and to the point “O” Antiphon post on my blog at A Slice of Smith Life. Have a blessed Advent!

  4. In case you happen to have Amazon prime, the Gregorian Christmas album is part of their free streaming, and it includes all of the O Antiphons. SO beautiful and calming in the house (the dog wasn’t praying, I don’t think, but it just put him to sleep which is also a blessing).