Third "O" Antiphon (for Dec 19) paraphrased from an article by Michael P. Mernagh in a church bulletin:
"O Root of Jesse, who stands as a sign for the peoples,
Whom kings will meet with silence, whom nations will entreat in prayer:
Come, set us free, delay no longer." -- Isa 11
From humble peasant roots, King David emerged
as a mighty and powerful tree for the people of Israel.
From the same humble beginning, a new king,
without the trappings of an earthly king,
holding power over all, comes.
How we need humble, honest and loving leadership!
We persistently call to You, O Root of Jesse,
Deliver us from our trappings of materialism and power.