1 Monday December 19

Monday, December 19

Traditional Antiphon

O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, Come


Luke 2:4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.   

Prayerful Reflection

O Flower of Jesse’s Stem, Come~
Just as you anointed David,
the youngest, smallest son of Jesse
and least likely to become the King of Israel,
so you surprised your people again
by choosing a young, poor, unknown virgin
to bear your son.
You sent Jesus not as a mighty King,
but as a servant King,
ruling not by laying down the law,
but by laying down his life.
Open our eyes to see
how you achieve your will through unexpected people
in unexpected ways.
Reveal to us our own part in your plan.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Ed. Susi Kawolics – O Flower of Jesse’s Stem

O come, O come, O Flower of Jesse’s Tree
No one dreamt that a shepherd King would be-
You chose the humblest of his sons to reign
proving your ways are not our ways again.
Rejoice! Rejoice! O Flower of Jesse’s tree
brings birth and newness from the smallest seed.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Traditional – O Flower of Jesse’s Stem

O come O Rod of Jesse’s stem,
From ev’ry foe deliver them
That trust your mighty pow’r to save;
Bring them in vict’ry through the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel!


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