Christmas Novena day five

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Today’s O Antiphon is O Key of David and it marks Christ’s authority to David’s kingdom, and Jesus ability to unlock the treasures of that kingdom. Jesus fulfills the prophecies of that land and unlocks its scriptures. One of the things that Jesus did for those first disciples, the apostles, is to unlock those scriptures. The other was to hand those keys to Peter, and one place they are visible is on the flag of Vatican City:

That flag consists of two vertical bands, one of gold or yellow and one of white with the crossed keys of Saint Peter and the Papal Tiara centered in the white band. The crossed keys consist of a golden and a silver key, in which the silver key .The Vatican City coat of arms can be found in the white half. The coat of arms consists of: the papal tiara and the two keys which represent the keys to Heaven (Matthew 16:19) given by Jesus Christ to St. Peter. The popes are the successor of Peter, and the gold and silver keys have been significant elements in the symbolism of the Holy See since the 13th century. The gold represents spiritual power, while the silver key represents worldly power.

O Key of David, And scepter of the house of Israel,

Thou openest and no man dare shut,

Thou shuttest and no man dare open, come

Lead from prison, the fettered one,

The dweller in darkness and the shadow of death

Christmas Novena day Five

HAIL, and blessed be the hour and moment At which the Son of God was born Of a most pure Virgin At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem In the piercing cold At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, To hear my private prayer of this day. Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen

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