December 20 : o Key of David
O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel
qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperuit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel
controlling at your will the gate of heaven:
Come, break down the prison walls of death
for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death
and lead your captive people into freedom.
Clavis David, qui aperis portas aeterni Regni:
veni et educ vinctum de domo carceris sedentem in tenebris.
O Key of David
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
Veni, Clavis Davidica, regna reclude caelica,
fac iter tutum superum, et claude vias inferum.
O Come, Thou Key of David, come
and open wide our heavenly home
make safe the way that leads on high
that we no more have cause to sigh.
Revelation 3:7 New International Version (NIV)
To the Church in Philadelphia
7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
Isaiah 22:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 The key of the house of David
I will lay on his shoulder;
So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
Jeremiah 13:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
Jeremiah 51:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the Lord of hosts is his name.
Matthew 4:16 King James Version (KJV)
16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Matthew 16:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Luke 1:79 King James Version (KJV)
79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
The great O Antiphons of Advent