03_O Root of Jesse, The O Antiphons, Premium Content

O Radix Jesse: O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid. Isaiah had prophesied, But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. (Isaiah 11:1), and A On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:10). Remember also that Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1).

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Lo, How a Rose Er’e Blooming, by the Atlanta Chorus

O Radix Jesse, by the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars in Oxford singing the Latin plainchant:

O – Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

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E – Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned! Hail, by Angels mistress owned! Root of Jesse! Gate of morn! When the world’s true Light was born. Glorious Virgin, joy to thee, Loveliest whom in heaven they see; Fairest thou where all are fair! Plead with Christ our sins to spare. Amen +

Show Notes

Topics Discussed:

Messianic prophecies fulfilled in The Tower of the Flock, Shepherd’s Field, tola worm


Minutes 00:12:00 – The ancestor and descendant of David, Bethlehem Ephrath, Migdal Eder, Jacob and Rachael, Ruth and Boaz   

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – The Shepherd’s Field, swaddling cloths, Tower of the Flock, daily temple sacrificial lambs

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Psalm 22, a psalm of David, Messianic prophecies

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Tola worm, red tent tradition, Rahab’s string, tabernacle veil and priest’s vestments

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2 thoughts on “03_O Root of Jesse, The O Antiphons, Premium Content

  1. This was fantastic! Especially the worm! Who knew? Sonja where in Fulfilled is this discussed? As I was listening I was looking everywhere! Many blessings received tonight just listening to this. Thank you💋

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