O Radix Jesse
‘O’ Antiphon reflection by Malcolm Guite:
All of us sprung from one deep-hidden seed,
Rose from a root invisible to all.
We knew the citrus once of every weed,
But, severed from the roots of ritual,
We surf the surface of a wide-screen world
And find no virtue in the virtual.
We shrivel on the edges of a wood
Whose heart we once inhabited in love,
Now we have need of you, forgotten Root,
The stock and stem of every living thing
Whom once we worshipped in the sacred grove,
For now is winter, now is withering
Unless we let you root as deep within,
Under the ground of being, graft us in.