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The last period of Advent is traditionally a period to consider the prophecies about Christ Jesus. This last week, we will use the scripture passages that are the basis for the special antiphons for each of the seven days before Christmas. These antiphons were used from the early Middle Ages onwards in Latin-speaking churches at evening prayer from Dec. 17-23. The hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is based on these seven antiphons.

For today’s meditation, our brother Joseph Mathias provides commentary on Isaiah 22:21-22 and the “O Key of David” antiphon. Take a listen or click here to download. If you would like to subscribe to our daily Words from the Servants podcast or download the full list of Advent Meditation Passages we’ll be covering this December, click here.

 

Antiphon:

“O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no one shuts, who shuts and no one opens, come lead from prison the captives who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.”

Note: see Revelation 3:7-8, Numbers 24:17, Isaiah 42:7, Psalms 107:10-16, and Psalms 23:4.

Isaiah 22:21-22:

And I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your girdle on him, and will commit your authority to his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

Joseph Mathias
Joseph is a lifelong committed brother who lives in Ann Arbor, where he was also born and raised. He graduated from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan with a concentration in Russian. He currently serves in University Christian Outreach at Michigan State University, while pursuing a Master's degree in Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
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