O Antiphon – O flower of Jesse come deliver us
The Root of Jesse, antiphon, refers to the family descended from Jesse, the father of David, and therefore the root of the house of David. The Jesse tree, common in the land, became the ensign or insignia of the House of David, who succeeded Saul, the first king of Israel.
David’s reign was long and troubled by many wars but at last a time of peace came and David brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem in triumph. The Root of Jesse was a sign of God’s favor on Israel. From David’s house the promised Messiah will come to save the people from their enemies and establish them among the nations.
Jesus is the true and lasting temple of God. How can you prepare his way in today’s troubled world? What can you do to be a sign of his presence?
O Root of Jesse, you stand for an ensign of the people; before you rulers shall keep silence, and to you all nations shall have recourse. Come, save us, and do not delay.
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