Book Series Studia Traditionis Theologiae, vol. 47

Heralds of Hope

The Three Advent Hymns of the Roman Office

Jennifer R. O’Brien

  • Pages: 243 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:14 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, Latin, Greek
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59642-6
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This volume provides fresh insights into the nature of the Advent season and the exquisite treasure that is the Latin hymn that accompanies it.


As well as a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy from Sant’Anselmo, Rome, Jennifer O’Brien holds Masters degrees in Theology (Flinders University, South Australia) and Religious Education (Boston College). A Liturgy Educator since 1993, Jennifer has served the Australian Church on the National Liturgical Council for Liturgy and the National Liturgical Music Board. She was a member of the editorial committee of Catholic Worship Book II and is currently Assistant Editor of Studia Liturgica.


This book shares the fruits of several years of research on the Advent Hymns of the Roman Office. It provides an opportunity to gain fresh insights into the gradual development of the liturgical season of Advent and the particular characteristics assumed in its Roman form. The  journey of the exquisite treasure of the Western Church that is the Latin hymn is explored before each of the three Advent hymns of the Roman Office is mined for its theology and rich scriptural associations. Its sometimes rocky journey through successive revisions of the Roman Office is considered through the lens of the three Advent hymns. Finally, a number of important pastoral issues dealing with the celebration of the Advent Season in our contemporary Church are considered, taking into account the nature of Advent as revealed in the traditional hymn texts, the liturgical reforms following the Second Vatican Council and current liturgical texts for Advent.