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Sunday, December 20, 2009

O Clavis: O Key of David - December 20

O Clavis David: O Key of David

We have reached our fourth night in the Christmas Octave the O Clavis: O Key of David. Jesus the descendent of David, son of Jesse is the one “who has the Key” to unlock us from our prison of sin. Jesus is the one “who opens and no one shall shut, who shuts and no one opens.”

Keys represent authority; the one with the key has the authority. Jesus, who came to us at Bethlehem, has never left us. He entrusted the keys to His Church to “bind and to loose” to Peter after the Resurrection, to hand down in succession. Come Lord Jesus, help us to trust, believe and follow, knowing that Your key is the key that unlocks our cell, and bondage to sin.

O Clavis

O Key of David, and scepter of the House of Israel,
who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens:
Come, and bring forth the captive from his prison,
he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

This Antiphon is based on the following scripture:

Isaiah 22:22 “I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open.”

Isaiah 42:6-7 “I, the Lord, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.”

Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”

Revelation 3:7 “The the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write this: ‘The holy one, the true, who holds the key of David, who opens and no one shall close, who closes and no one shall open.’”

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Veni, Clavis Davidica,
Regna reclude caelica,
Fac iter Tutum Superum,
Et claude vias inferum.
O come, Thou Key of David,
come, and open wide our heav’nly home,
Make safe the way that leads on high,
That we no more have cause to sigh.

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