Antiphon: O Key of David

December 20, 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Today’s O Antiphon for Vespers is O Key of David. It is not included in the readings because the Fourth Sunday of Advent takes precedent.

For a wonderful reflection on those readings, please see Sister Mary McGlone’s article from NCR:


For the following prayer with our O Antiphon, let’s begin by placing before us anything that is locked, closed off, chained, frozen within us and in our world. Let us place all these things before God’s mercy, grace and omnipotence as we pray:

O Key of David,
O Blessed Freedom,
Who unlocks
the secret of eternal life
within our hearts!

Come absolve
the sad incarcerations
shackling us!

We hold ourselves
and one another captive
by our fears, our greed,
our terrible need
to control
Your power within us.

We are afraid of Love,
because once released in us,
Love asks for everything…
… for everything to be
unbound, unbarred
and given to Your
Unrestricted Grace,
in flesh named “Jesus”.

Love asks us to
become like You,
but we are locked
in smaller dreams.

O Key of David,
come free our dreams
with Yours.

Maranatha!
Come, Lord Jesus!


Poetry: Dropping Keys – Hafiz

The small woman
Builds cages for everyone
She knows,
While the Sage,
Who has to duck her head
When the moon is low,
Keeps dropping keys all night long
For the
Beautiful
Rowdy
Prisoners.

Music: O Key of David – Michael G. Hegeman

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