Sunday, December 19, 2010

The O Antiphon: December 19 - O Root of Jesse

"O Root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the people, before whom the kings keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: come, to deliver us, and tarry not." 

At 6:00 p.m. today the Marianist Community will gather for Liturgy of the Hours to sing Evening Prayer. The Magnificat antiphon for these days just prior to Christmas will be sung as well. Today's "O Antiphon" calls forth the prophecy of  Isaiah, “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom," and "On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.” Spend a little time and listen to the chant.

We remember that Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem.

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples;
kings stand silent in your presence;
the nations bow down in worship before you.
Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid. Amen.