O Antiphon – 4

O KEY OF DAVID AND SCEPTER OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL; YOU OPEN AND NO MAN CLOSES; YOU CLOSE AND NO MAN OPENS.  COME AND DELIVER FROM THE CHAINS OF PRISON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND IN THE SHADOW OF DEATH. 

This Antiphon takes its inspiration from Isaiah 22:22; 42: 6-7 and Revelation 3:7.  In a way we can telescope all the Messianic Old Testament prophecies and his  “appearances” in the Book of Revelation into the figure of “KINGSHIP.”  Divine Kingship is about deliverence ~ granting light to those who live in darkness and life to those facing death.  While on earth, Jesus showed his “Kingship” through service.  Healing those in the prison of bodily sickness or diabolic possession; granting light to sightless eyes and even raising the dead.  All of this ~ pointing to our ultimate deliverence from sin and its effects, through His death on the throne of his Cross.

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