Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
O Clavis David
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.
(cf Isaiah 22.22, 42.7)
Readings (Click the links to see the readings)
"The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you." Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be." Luke 1.28-29
Carlo Crivelli. Venice. The Angel of the Annunciation, 1482, and The Annunciate Virgin, 1482. Altar panels, now in the Städelisches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main.
As if until that moment
As if outside the world were empty
As if her submission were the most
As if one day the sun had no place
— from: Accompanied By Angels:
J. S. Bach. Choral cantata for the feast of the Annunciation, BWV 1, Leipzig 25 March 1725.
1. Chorus: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern | "How beautifully shines the morning star."
Full texts in German and English here.