It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

O Adonai or O Lord and Ruler (Exod 6: 13)

December 18th

O Lord and Ruler of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with outstretched arm.

: Burning bush, stone tablets

O come, O come, great Lord of might, Who to your tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times once gave the law, in cloud, and majesty, and awe. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Amen

December 19th

O Radix Jesse

Root of Jesse, who stands for an ensign of the people, before whom kinds shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication: Come to deliver us, and tarry not.

Symbol: flower, plant with flower, root with flowering stem

December 20th

O Clavis David

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the House of Israel, who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens: Come and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Symbol: Key, broken chains

The key and scepter are traditional symbols of kingly power and authority. Christ, the anointed one, is the heir of David and possessor of the kingdom. Jesus himself also made use of this symbol, showing the prophetic relationship of the earthly kingdom of David to the kingdom of God. Jesus is the key of David, who opens and no one can close, who closes and no one can open. And He entrusts the keys to His church, to bind and loose from sin in His name (Matthew 16:19)

Lord Jesus, during this Advent, come to us in Your grace. Come to prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to welcome You on Christmas Day. Come to comfort us in sadness, to cheer us in loneliness, to refresh us in weakness, to buttress us in temptation, to lead us in doubt, and to exult with us in joy. Amen.

The season of Advent is like springtime in nature, when everything is renewed and so is fresh and healthy. Advent is also meant to do this to us, to refresh us and make us healthy, to be able to receive Christ in whatever form He may come to us.

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

More O’s coming soon !

‘On Ya’ - ma

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