The O Antiphon for December 18th
We pray + in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“O Mighty God, and leader of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come to set us free by your outstretched arm.”
Reflection: Standing at the shore of the Red Sea, the Father commanded Moses to stretch out his arms, and He would make the sea divide in two, thus enabling the Israelites to escape from the pursuing Egyptians and their persecution and slavery, and so enter into the Promised Land. Next, the Father sent his Son, Jesus, and offered him the Cross as the means by which we would escape from the bonds of our slavery to Sin and Death and so enter into the Promised Land of Heaven. Jesus accepts and stretches out his arms on the Cross, opening for us the gates of Paradise. And in this He exchanges His sacred humanity for the fullness of Divinity- an exchange that He now offers to us. So, approach the Him and lean in to the Christ Child, lying there in His manger, whisper to Him: Jesus, stretch out your arms to welcome and embrace me.
We pray: Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. We ask this through Him who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.