Happy Almost End of Advent Everyone!

Tomorrow, December 17, starts the O Antiphons in the Roman Catholic Church. These prayers reflect the anticipation of the arrival of Our Savior. The painting above was completed this time last year, after working on it day by day. It is the third of the O Antiphons.

Wikipedia provides the following info for us:

Latin:O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,super quem continebunt reges os suum,quem Gentes deprecabuntur:veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

English:O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;before you kings will shut their mouths,to you the nations will make their prayer:Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.

Isaiah had prophesied:

“A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Isaiah 11:1Isaiah had prophesied:

“On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” Isaiah 11:10

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 5:2). Also compare Isaiah 45:14Isaiah 52:15 and Romans 15:12.

May you all have a blessed, peaceful, and fruitful remainder of Advent.

#advent #gaudete #Christmas #liturgical #christianart #Christmasart

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