O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, Thou that openest and no one shutteth, and shuttest and no one openeth: Come, and loose the prisoner from the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness from the shadow of death.
Isaiah xxii. 22, xlii. 7; Revelation iii. 7; Luke i. 32; Mark ii. 10; Matthew xxviii. 18, xvi. 18, 19.
O Lord Jesu Christ, to Whom is given the throne and sceptre of David Thy father over the house of Israel, that Thou mighest extend his kingdom over all peoples: Thou didst come in our nature, as the Son of man forgiving sins, dispelling sickness and loosing bonds: to Thee now is committed all authority in heaven and on earth, and the powers of hell cannot withstand Thy word: Come, we pray Thee, by Thy grace, and through the instrumentality of Thy Church, to loosen the prisoner from the chains of sin, to enlighten with the glad tidings of Thy word all who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, that they may rejoice in the deliverance which Thou hast wrought.
This and following paraphrases from The Advent Antiphons, by A. C. A. Hall, Bishop of Vermont, 1914
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