O Antiphon IV: Jesus Is Key of David

[blue king] O Key of David

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel
controlling at your will the gate of heaven:
come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death;
and lead your captive people into freedom.
Based on Isaiah 22:22.


O Antiphon V: Jesus Is Rising Dawn

[king's gifts] O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn,
spendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Based on Malachi 3:20.


O Antiphon VI: Jesus Is King of Nations

[star] O King of Nations

O King of all the nations,
the only joy of every human heart;
O Keystone of the mighty arch of the human family,
come and save the creatures you fashioned from the dust.
Based on Isaiah 28:16.


O Antiphon VII: Jesus is Emmanuel

[Christ Child] O Emmanauel

O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations,
Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.
Based on Isaiah 7:14.


December 25: May the Christ Child Bless You! Merry Christmas!

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[The reflections on the women of the Old Testament were extracted from Mary of Galilee: Volume II; A Woman of Faith Blessed Among Women, Rev. Bertrand Buby, S.M., Alba House, 1995. The quotes from the three Marian Masses are taken from the sacramentary of the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary.The O Antiphons were taken from the Liturgy of the Hours, Catholic Book Publishing, 1975.]

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