O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,super quem continebunt reges os suum,quem Gentes deprecabuntur:veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.
English:O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples;before you kings will shut their mouths,to you the nations will make their prayer:Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
Anyone who is moderately acquainted with scripture knows that Jesse was the Father of David, who eventually would become King. This kingship being mentioned is important, especially for the Israelites, as it establishes that the Messiah, or “Anointed King” will come from David’s line. Matthew in his gospel goes to great lengths to point this out in his genealogy. Honestly..its my least favorite/difficult reading to get through. As an engineer I’m very high level…. To Me the genealogy could be Adam had a bunch of kids… who one of them had David… and eventually Jesus was born to someone in the House of David. Boom. Salvation.
Alas, I digress – Holy Mother church knows there are people like me, so she has always given us the most choice cuts, in the liturgy. Things like these chants for centuries helped to teach, and give people the “Big Picture”. We have lost this with the newer music that was written in the 70’s,80’s and 90s (for the most part). All the more reason all of us who have even the most remote job in the liturgy, have a responsibility to learn, build and preserve these things.
This is why its also important to know the Rod of Jesse.. because it shows us the source, of not only God Among us coming from Jesse… but the catch 22 that Jesse ultimately came from the Source.