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Friday, Third week of Advent (December 20, O Key of David)

December 20, 2013


Blessed Ember Friday!

O Key of David
And Scepter of the house of Israel
What You open, no one shuts
What You shut, no one opens
Come, deliver from the chains of prison
Those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death

And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder:
and he shall open, and none shall shut:
and he shall shut, and none shall open.
~Isaiah 22:22

(see also Isaiah 9:6, 42:7, Revelation 3:7)

Entrance Antiphon:
A branch shall sprout from the root of Jesse,
and the glory of the Lord will fill the whole earth,
and all flesh will see the salvation of God.

O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word
the immaculate Virgin received through the message of an Angel
and so became the dwelling-place of divinity,
filled with the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant, we pray, that by her example
we may in humility hold fast to Your will.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14 (a virgin shall bear a son and name him Emmanuel)
Psalm 24:1-6 “Let the Lord enter; He is King of Glory”
+ Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)

A monarch’s “no,”
a virgin’s “yes,”

both part of Jesus’ plan
to bless
enslaved humanity:
the promise made
to faithless king
is now fulfilled
beyond imagining
in Mary’s holy womb.

The unborn God
is dwelling in our midst.

Do I mask my unbelief in a show of piety, like King Ahaz?
Am I willing to let God radically change my life, as Mary did?

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