Friday, Third week of Advent (O Root of Jesse)
Blessed Ember Friday!
O Root of Jesse
Who stands as a sign for the people,
Before Whom kings silence their mouths,
With Whom all nations shall plead
Come to set us free without delay
In 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.
Jesse was the father of King David (see Ruth 4:17, among others),
the “root”, of David’s dynasty, which God promised would last forever (I Chronicles 17:11-14).
Since the world will come to an end, only Jesus could fulfill this promise;
Jesus, the Son of David who is King forever.
(see also Isaiah 11:1, Micah 5:1, Romans 15:12, Revelation 5:5 & 22:16)
He Who is to come will come and will not delay,
and now there will be no fear within our land, for He is our Savior.
O God, who through the child-bearing of the holy Virgin
graciously revealed the radiance of Your glory to the world,
grant, we pray,
that we may venerate with integrity of faith
the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation
and always celebrate it with due reverence.
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.
Judges 13:2-7, 24-25 (announcement of the conception of Samson)
Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17 “Fill me with Your praise and I will sing Your glory!”
Luke 1:5-25 (announcement of the conception of St. John the Baptist)
the Lord makes clear
that it is He
who fills the womb,
when years of barrenness
He has our
We’re more receptive
to His right
to claim the child
–that comes from Him–
to be the dwelling
of the rushing, mighty Wind.
Do I see every child as a miracle?
Do I surrender to God’s right to claim His children for His service?