22 Dec 2013

Advent - O Antiphons - December 22nd - O Rex Gentium (O King of All Peoples)

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.
O King of the Nations for whom they long, the corner-stone who makes of both one, come and deliver man whom you made from clay.

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.” Isaiah had prophesied, “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” (9:5), and “He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (2:4)

Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 2:4; Isaiah 28:16; Haggai 2:8
Scripture Reading (Isaiah 2: 2-4 NRSV)
In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’

For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,neither shall they learn war any more.

The days of the King will see weapons of war become tools for the growing of food - what was designed to destroy recreated as something to give life.

Are there things in your life which have been destructive of your peace of mind and which need to be recreated in the light of the coming celebration of the Incarnation of our King? How can you allow Christ to teach you his ways and show you the path in which to walk?

We are not the beginning and the
end of the universe. We are part
of a vision of humankind, seen in
Jesus, and yet to be achieved in
us, a vision of global sharing,
universal peace and individual

Reflections on the O Antiphon:

Dating God - O King of All Nations: this is my song
iBenedictines - The Cornerstone: O Rex Gentium
Blue Eyed Ennis - O King of Nations
Patrick Comerford - 22nd December

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