Sunday, December 21, 2008

O Clavis David

O CLAVIS David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui apreris, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit; veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring the prisoner forth from the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Isaias 22:22, Apocalypse 3:7, Luke 1:79
The Greater Antiphon of Advent, for December 20th; Christ is the key to Heaven, and here we are reminded of the keys to the Kingdom being given to Peter.

We have the hope of being freed from bondage. While the ancient Jews expected a triumphant Messiah who would free Israel from the oppression of the Nations, God rather gave us a suffering Messiah who would free us from the bondage of sin. However, as we remember the ancient hope of the birth of Our Savior, we also remain in expectation of his future triumphant return.

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