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O Key of David - Banner

Artwork by the Benedictine Sisters of Turvey Abbey 

December 20th: 'O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel, who open and none may close, who close and none may open, come and bring out of prison the captive who sits in darkness and the shadow of death.' 

'O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel:
qui aperia, et nemo claudit; claudis. et nemo aperit:
veni, et edu vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris et umbra mortis.'

The text is based on Revelation 3:7, recalling Isaiah 22:20-22 and 42:7. For the Jewish people the key or sceptre of David was depicted as a 6-pointed star, which was a symbol of God and of the Messiah. A clear reference of this is found in Numeri 24:17, and in the star which led the Magi to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:2).

The key, the sceptre, the star is Christ who through his death and resurrection opened the gates of hell. The banner is based on the Eastern 'Anastasis', showing Christ victoriously rising from the tomb, trampling the gates of death underfoot and pulling Adam and Eve out of their graves, and with them the whole human race.

The O Antiphons are a highlight of the Church's Advent Liturgy: 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 (Christ's second coming).

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 (ERO CRAS), like God's answer to our prayer:

Dec. 17: Sapienta (O Wisdom)
Dec. 18: Adonai (O Adonai [Lord])
Dec. 19: Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
Dec. 20: Clavis David (O Key of David)
Dec. 21: Oriens (O Rising Sun)
Dec. 22: Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations)
Dec. 23: Emmanuel (O Emmanuel)

          ERO CRAS: I WILL BE HERE TOMORROW


Christmas: O Wonderful Exchange (Antiphon from the Greek Liturgy "O Wonderful Exchange! The Creator of the human race took to himself a human body and was born of a virgin, and becoming man he granted us divinity.")

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Banner: Dye sublimation printing on a 100% close weave, natural feel polyester material with dowling, tulip wood end caps and gold hanging cord. Fire retardant: BS5867/Type B DIN4102. An extra depth of approx. 12" should be allowed when measuring to allow for the hanging cord. A sample of the material can be supplied upon request. 

Floor standing Roller / Pull-up banner: These banners have a self-winding cassette mechanism and extending support pole made from durable anodised brushed aluminium. The banner size is 79" x 31.5" / 200cm x 80cm and printed on 180 micron matt-coated vinyl. Includes a free padded carry bag to store your banner when not in use.

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