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O Key of David

O Key of David – 20th December 2016

O Key of David and sceptre of Israel, what you open no one else can close again, what you close no one can open, O come and lead the captive from prison; free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.This 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 that the Church sings this evening at the Magnificat, has its roots like all the other Antiphons in sacred scripture, in this case in Isaiah chapter 22 and in Luke chapter I.Our Lord is addressed as Key of David 鈥 Jesus is Son of David through his foster father, St Joseph, who was of the house of David.  David was the most beloved and important King in Israel鈥檚 history 鈥 鈥渁 man after the Lord鈥檚 own heart鈥 as it says in the Acts of the Apostles.  So Jesus in his human ancestry is truly one of us as he is truly Son of […]

O key of David – 20th December 2015

O key of David and sceptre of Israel, what you open no else can close again; what you close no one can open. O come to lead the captive from prison; free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.Jesus in his own body has opened the door to salvation. He is the door. He is the way into the Kingdom, into the very heart of the Trinity. 鈥淚 am the door ; if anyone enters through Me , he will be saved.鈥滻t would be difficult to reflect upon this antiphon this advent, without making a connection to the Jubilee Year and the significance of the Holy Door of Mercy being opened in every diocese in the world. Pope Francis in various homilies has this to say: 鈥淎s Christians we are called to cross the threshold of the door of mercy. We are asked to welcome […]

O Antiphon 鈥 20th December 2014

A reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Key of David. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). For an alternative audio player click here. O Key of David.O come now key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home, make safe the way that leads on high and close the path to misery. Rejoice, rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to you O Israel.                                                                                                                Translation from the Breviary.Reflecting on this fourth 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 in the light of the Gospel of today from St. Luke, Chapter one, our hearts  are drawn to concentrate on the Presence of God in our lives, Emmanuel 鈥 God is with us.  Earlier on in this first chapter, we are told 鈥搕he angel Gabriel appeared to Zachary in the Temple and introduced himself in these words:   鈥榤y name is Gabriel […]