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Advent Meditation week 3: Key of David

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Sunday 15 December 2013

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The painting 'the Light of the World', by Holman Hunt

"The Light of the World", by Holman Hunt



Sunday 15 December 2013

I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open.

Isaiah 22.22


O come, Thou Key of David, come and open wide our heavenly home.

The key to David’s palace was carried by Eliakim the chamberlain of King Hezekiah. Eliakim was the door keeper who held the key to government and guarded the door to power. In this story the prophet Isaiah points us towards Jesus who will hold the key to God’s power. Jesus raises up the weak and vulnerable, the exiled and the hopeless showing us that the weak are strong and that true power belongs to the powerless. 


Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

Teresa of Avila


Introduction to our meditations

Meditation for Saturday 14 December


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