Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: O Clavis David

The O Antiphons are a set of liturgical prayers prayed during evening prayers over the last few days of Advent. They are a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming, so I’m sharing them with you each day for the next week, along with some scripture verses and my own short prayer for each day. Read this post to learn more about the O Antiphons.

December 20th: O Clavis David

“O Key of David and scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”

Click here to hear this antiphon in Latin.

“I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.” (Isaiah 22:22)

“His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore.” (Isaiah 9:7)

May the Key of David, He who came to “proclaim freedom for the prisoners and… to release the oppressed”, come to each of us this day and bring freedom to all.

Rejoicing in the journey - Bethany Stedman