Thursday of the Fourth week of Advent

O Rex Gentium


In today’s O Antiphon verse, the Church sings, “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 from the dust.” As we draw near to Christmas, the entire arc of salvation history is sketched. Here we hearken back to our first parents, whose sin was the occasion for the sending of the Redeemer. Christ is the keystone of the arch of history. He is the pinnacle, the height, the central piece that brings together the entire story of humanity.


Lord Jesus, you are the central figure of history. Help me to see you as the center of my life, the center of my story. Amen.


Arches are common features in architecture, both sacred and profane. Find an arch near you today, perhaps by walking your neighborhood or by looking up images online. Reflect on what it means for Christ to be the keystone, the central piece that holds it all together.

We look forward to continuing this journey with you tomorrow.