O Antiphon for December 20th
We pray + In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
"O Key of David, and ruler of the house of Israel: you open, and no one closes; you close, and no one opens. Come, and deliver your imprisoned people, sitting in darkness and the shadow of death."
Reflection: Moses led the people out of the imprisoned slavery that oppressed them in Egypt. Jesus leads us out of the imprisoned slavery to sin and mortal death that oppresses us here and now. True freedom, the kind of freedom that only Jesus can give, awaits us when at last we lose this 'mortal coil' and slip into the destiny prepared for us from the beginning of time. But in order to enter into this new freedom, Jesus must be born inside of us. He must radiate from us in our words, actions and prayer. He must be known to us, in us, and through us. We must become 'alter Christus'- another Christ. We go to daily prayer, Eucharist, and the reading of Scripture to learn how to be like Jesus Christ. And then we make our fervent prayer: Jesus, be born in me!
We pray: O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word the immaculate Mary received through the message of an Angel and so became the dwelling-place of divinity, filled with the light of the Holy Spirit, grant, we pray, that by her example we may in humility hold fast to your will. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, 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.