O Key Of David
Posted by james0235 on December 20, 2007
An explanation of what these Antiphons are, the original Latin, and a more poetic English translation can be found in a previous post – O Come, O Come Emmanuel (link below). The official translation used in the Liturgy of the Hours in United States is used here.
O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.
O Come, thou key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the path that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.