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O King

O Rex Gentium – 22nd December 2015

 鈥淥 King and treasure of the nations,the cornerstone that makes the two into one;Come and save man whom you fashioned from dust.鈥 We heard this morning from the Prophet Isaiah (during the Office of Readings) the following:Thus says the LORD God:鈥淏ehold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and raise my signal to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.Kings shall be your foster-fathers and their queens your nursing mothers.With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet.Then you will know that I am the LORD: those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.鈥(Is 49:22-23)It is difficult 鈥 never having shaken hands with one 鈥 to know what qualities one might expect a king to have 鈥 so that he might be […]

O Antiphons – 22nd December 2014

 A reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which addresses Christ as King. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). For an alternative audio player click here. 鈥淥 King whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one. O come and save us whom you madefrom clay.鈥  In this sixth 鈥極鈥 Antiphon the Incarnate Word is given the title of 鈥楰ing鈥, a title which appears very much in the psalms 鈥 for example psalm five: 鈥楾o my words give ear O Lord, give heed to my groaning.Attend to the sound of my cries,my King and my God.鈥滱nd our entrance Antiphon at Mass this morning from psalm 23 read:鈥淥 gates lift high your heads; grow higher, ancient doors.Let him enter, the King of glory.鈥 Although he was the King desired by all the people of the Old […]