3rd Antiphon O Radix Jesse 19 December
O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign to the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths
and nations bow in worship:
Come and deliver us, and tarry not.
Jesse is the father of David the King. God took David from his father’s house, and made him King of Israel, and made the kingship of David an earthly symbol of the Kingdom of Christ. The antiphon refers to Isaiah 11:1,12 and 52:13-53:12.