|Royal Doors - St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai|
O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;
qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
claudis, et nemo aperit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
The icon of the Annunciation always appears on the "Royal Doors" of the Iconostasis in an Orthodox Church: fittingly, because in the Incarnation God is the key which opens the door between heaven and earth. As we stand on the edge of the Solstice, today's O Antiphon reminds us that the Light will come and disperse the shadows of death. Amen, come quickly...