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O Root of Jesse

O Root of Jesse – 19th December

Today, we pray the third of the seven 鈥極 Antiphons鈥 leading up to the celebration of the fathomless mystery of the birth of Jesus among us over 2000 years ago:O root of Jesse, set up a sign to the peoples, come to save us, and delay no more.On the first of these seven days, the Church placed on our lips, the plea 鈥榗ome and teach us the way of truth鈥 鈥 on the second day we are called upon to plead 鈥榗ome and save us with your outstretched arm (a truly beautiful concept ),  and now today, with still four more days to  go before Christmas Eve,  we are called to  echo the longing of the peoples over the ages, who suffered such anguish in their waiting for the Messiah 鈥 yes, we are called to this insistent prayer 鈥 鈥榗ome and save us and delay no more.This longing […]

O Radix Jesse – 19th December 2015

 鈥淥 Root of Jessewho stand for a sign for the people;before whom kings are silent;whom the nations bessech:Come to deliver us, no longer delay.鈥  Jesse was the father of David and JESUS is the Son of David.When Jesus was on His missionary travels and one day came to Jericho, a blind man 鈥 who heard that is was Jesus, the great healer 鈥 called out, 鈥淪on of David, have pity on me!鈥 (cf Mk 10:46ff)Jesus called him, and restored his sight immediately.There are a few other Gospel passages where people looking for healing call out to Him as 鈥淪on of David.鈥滸od鈥檚 promise to David was that his descendants would occupy the throne till the Promised One would come.  The angel Gabriel said to Mary, 鈥淭he Lord God will give Him the throne of His ancestor, David.鈥 (Lk 1:32)     In the antiphon we hear: 鈥溾 before whom kings […]