O King of Nations - Banner
Author/Artist: The Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey
December 22nd :
'O King of the Nations whom they long for, the cornerstone who make two into one, come and save mankind whom you formed from the earth.'
'O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis unum:
veni, et salvi hominem, quem de limo formasti.'
The Jewish Messiah will not be restricted to the Chosen People. He is the King of the nations (Jeremiah 10:7), the unifying cornerstone (Matthew 21:42) and tells his disciples to "go out to the whole world to proclaim the Good News to all creation" (Mark 16:15).
St Paul takes up the theme of the cornerstone in his letters to the Ephesians 2 and Galations 3.
The banner gives a panorama of the contemporary world to be won for the universal King and to be brought to the unity for which he himself prayed (John 17:21-23).
A highlight of the Church's Advent Liturgy are the O-Antiphons. From December 17th-23rd they frame the Magnificat at Vespers.
Rich in symbolism and meaning they take us right from the beginning of creation, through the centuries of the world's waiting for the promised Messiah, calling upon him who was hidden in signs and symbols, and revealed when the fullness of time had come, leading us to the Mystery of the Incarnation and beyond, to the Paschal Mystery, the coming of the Holy Spirit and the Parousia.
The exact origin of the Latin texts is unknown. They may date from the sixth century. There is evidence to suggest that the texts were in liturgical use in Rome in the eighth century. Both the original Latin texts and an English translation are given here.
Arriving at the 7th Antiphon on December 23rd, we may discover that the letters of the Latin invocations, read from the last up to the first, form a wonderful acrostic, like God's answer to our prayer :
ERO CRAS : I WILL BE HERE TOMORROW
These banners are reproduced using a dye sublimation printing process on a heavy opaque natural close-weave cotton fabric that hangs well. The colours are fade resistant under normal lighting conditions. All banners are supplied with a hanging cord, rods and end caps top and bottom.An extra depth of approx. 12" should be allowed when measuring to allow for hanging cord. A sample of the material can be supplied upon request.
Dimensions: 52" x 24" ('A' format) - price: £130.00 + vat. Other sizes available - see options below: