LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris.
ENGLISH: O Key of David, and scepter of the house of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: come, and lead forth the captive who sits in the shadows from his prison.
The “O Antiphons” tell us that the last seven days of Advent are here.
Our long, long waiting is coming to an end
whether or not we are ready
whether we got up today or even brushed our hair
much less prepared for many, many gifts and obligations
it really doesn’t matter, because You are coming
and no matter what, nothing will change that.
and You will open our hearts.
We are grateful.
Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.
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