Tuesday, December 22, 2009

O Antiphon~ Rex Gentium

 Jesus Christ, King of all nations, came as a baby and would grow into the man who is  Lord of Lords and King of Kings. I have seen today's antiphon referred to as a "little Ash Wednesday" because we are reminded that from dust we were formed.
Jesus~who was, and is, and is to come. As we gaze upon the baby in the manger, may we also remember He is the Rex Gentium who came to live and die to save us.

O Rex Gentium(King of All Nations, King of the Gentiles)

O King of the Gentiles, yea, and desire thereof! O Corner-stone, that makest of two one, come to save man, whom Thou hast made out of the dust of the earth! 

Isaias 9:7
His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Isaias 2:4
And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people: and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war.


Anne said...

A little Ash Wednesday. I like that. I'll have to try to remember to fast next year.

Colleen said...

Thanks for posting on the O antiphons. I am getting a lot out of them.
And I just love that phrase - Jesus who was, and is, and is to come.
God bless.

Karinann said...

Thanks ladies. Glad you are both getting something from these beautiful antiphons.
Anne~the fasting isn't a bad idea!
Colleen~ I borrowed that phrase from Revelation.
Thanks again for taking the time to stop by.

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.