Source: stedwardsblog.wordpress.com

His titles tumble together

from the Testament of Old,

Key of David, Dayspring, Wisdom,

fall freely from lips

stressing O in wonder and awe,

for he is the longed for


the Hope of many,

and the invitation is

to let the babe of Bethlehem

enter our hearts

and settle in to stay.


“O come” repeats in chants

for those held captive

waiting expectantly

for the Son of God to appear.


From lofty heights

Wisdom is called to teach tenderly

the way to salvation.

Sinai’s burning bush beckons to

Moses to help set people free

by the Lord of power and might.

The Flower of Jesse’s stem

compels kings to

silently stand in worship.

The Key of royal David

unlocks the doors of death

for those dwelling in darkness.

Radiant Dawn lights up

the sky with shining splendor.

King of nations

and Keystone of all people

saves creatures formed from dust.


O come, we cry ceaselessly,

free us from our prisons

as we look at a starry night

filled with God’s light,

Jesus, you are our cornerstone.


Emmanuel, God is with us.

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Sharon. Walters
    Posted at 08:40h, 07 December Reply

    I had never before heard of the “O Antiphon”….beautiful!
    Thank you Viola.

  • darcy Mann
    Posted at 09:30h, 07 December Reply

    Very beautiful. Thanks

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 10:39h, 07 December Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Barbara Lewis
    Posted at 10:42h, 07 December Reply

    Your poem warms and brightens my wintering heart.
    Thank you for sharing your heart.
    I wish you a blest Christmas.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 19:40h, 08 December Reply

    Beautiful and interesting, Viola.
    Blessings this Advent season.

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