O Key of David! Humanity’s Supplication to Our Saviour

In today’s antiphon, humanity asks the Messiah to come and open the door of captivity: O Key of David!

Newsroom(21/12/2021 08:30, Gaudium Press): An ancient tradition of the Church is the recitation of the seven ‘O’ antiphons throughout the week before Christmas. These antiphons are supplications of humanity to its Saviour:


O Key of David
the sceptre of the house of Israel
which you open and no one shuts,
You shut and no one opens:
Come and release from prison the captive
who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

O Clavis David
et sceptrum domus Israel
qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
claudis et nemo aperit:
Veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis. (FM)

Compiled by Sandra Chisholm

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