O Rex Gentium

December 22nd

Liturgy of the Word

1 Sam 1:24-28
Luke 1:46-56

O King of all the nations,
the only joy of every human heart;
O keystone of the mighty arch of man,
come and save the creature
you fashioned out of dust.

O Rex Gentium

O King of our desire whom we despise,
King of the nations never on the throne,
Unfound foundation, cast-off cornerstone,
Rejected joiner, making many one,
You have no form or beauty for our eyes,
A King who comes to give away his crown,
A King within our rags of flesh and bone.
We pierce the flesh that pierces our disguise,
For we ourselves are found in you alone.
Come to us now and find in us your throne,
O King within the child within the clay,
O hidden King who shapes us in the play
Of all creation. Shape us for the day
Your coming Kingdom comes into its own.

Malcolm Guite

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