Friday, December 18, 2009

O Antiphon~ Adonai

 God reveals Himself as He will to whom He wills. The Father is revealed to us at Christmas in the Christ Child. This Child would grow to be the Man whose mighty hand would calm a sea, heal the sick and raise the dead; the mighty hand of God that would set each of us free.
As we pray this antiphon this evening, let us each reflect on how God has personally revealed Himself to each of us.

 O Adonai (Lord of Israel)

“O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.” 

Scripture References
Isaias 11:4-5
But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity the meek of the earth: and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.

Isaias 33:22
For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king: he will save us.


Mary333 said...

Beautiful! Adonai is my younger brother's favorite name for the Lord. He lived with my husband and I for two years after he got out of college and he kept hearing "Adonai" calling him day and night. He had never heard of this name for God and it led to his conversion and his return to the Catholic Church. God is good:)My brother has been back at Church for 9 years now and is involved in the youth ministry and the music ministry. Like me, he led a pretty worldly life before his conversion. I think those who fall hard have deeper conversions because they are forgiven so much.

Karinann said...

What a beautiful story about your brother's conversion. This title for our Lord is beautiful; there is just something about the sound of it.
I agree those who fall farthest away and return seem to do so with much fervor and devotion. It makes me think of Jesus' words after the sinful woman anointed His feet: "She is forgiven much because she has loved much."
May we all continue to love Him much!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.