Sunday, December 20, 2009

O Antiphons - O Clavis David

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

O come, Thou 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 thee, O Israel.

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This is probably my favorite of the O Antiphons. I love the symbolism, and I just love the sound of the words. Can't you see the captive, sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death?

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