Sunday, December 20, 2009

O Antiphon~ Clavis David



Jesus came to set the captives free. Prisons take many shapes and forms in our lives. We don't have to be physically behind bars to be in prison; some are of our own making through the sins we find ourselves falling into. Jesus, Key of David, is the only key that can unlock those chains that bind us. He does it through confession, through our prayer, and in the Eucharist. But He won't unlock our chains to free us without our consent; we have to go to Him and simply ask. He is waiting with the key of His love and mercy.
That being said, there are many who are in physical prisons, some justly, some unjustly, but no matter the circumstances it is still difficult for them and their families. Please keep the imprisoned in your prayers this Advent and Christmas season.


O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth, come to liberate the prisoner from the prison, and them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death.


Scripture
Isaias 22:22
And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder: and he shall open, and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none shall open.

Isaias 9:6
For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.

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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.