Dec 20 – Antiphon # 4 – “O Key of David”

Friday,  December 20
“Come and lead us who sit bound with chains in the prison house”

I am still in the working class suburb down river from Baden, PA.  The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden and I tell each other stories of the year as it winds down towards the Christmas feast:  some of them playful, some tender, some alive with grief or anger: storytelling as prayer and kinship. These days are a seasonal grace as 2019 turns toward 2020.  It’s only a short visit;  I’ll savor Ohio’s northern turnpike again on Sunday when I head back to Motown and our campus.

Have a blest day, the last before Winter Solstice with its graceful turning in the dimmest light of the year.

john sj


O Antiphon #4   O Clavis David – O Key of David

“O Key of David,
and scepter of the house of Israel,
you open and no one closes,
you close and no one opens

Come and lead us who sit bound with chains in the prison house,
sitting in darkness and the shadow of death.”

To listen to the Antiphon sung in Gregorian Chant

Cam nose to window December 16, 2007
Sometimes we get lucky and get good snow

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