Dec. 19, 2016 (O Antiphons)

“O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all His people: come to save us without delay.” Isaiah had prophesied, “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (Is 11:1) And, “On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the gentiles shall seek out, for His dwelling shall be glorious.” (Is 11:10) Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem. (Micah 5:1)

The Messiah would usher in a completely new era, a blessed age when the whole world would finally be fashioned according to God’s plan.


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