O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bring the Rain!

I Sunday of Advent - I Class


This is possibly my favorite chant. The Latin is in the video and here's the English:
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

Be not angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity : behold the city of thy sanctuary is become a desert, Sion is made a desert. Jerusalem is desolate, the house of our holiness and of thy glory, where our fathers praised thee.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

We have sinned, and we are become as one unclean, and we have all fallen as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast crushed us by the hand of our iniquity.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

See, O Lord, the affliction of thy people, and send him whom thou hast promised to send. Send forth the Lamb, the ruler of the earth, from the rock of the desert to the mount of the daughter of Sion, that he himself may take off the yoke of our captivity.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

Be comforted, be comforted, my people; thy salvation shall speedily come. Why wilt thou waste away in sadness? why hath sorrow seized thee? I will save thee; fear not: for I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.
Whenever life's problems get to be overwhelming, the Church has a way of giving you a penitential season just when you need it. By committing sin, we have degraded ourselves and destroyed the life God was trying to give us. We traded the love so great that only God can give it for passing pleasure, just because it felt good. We are like Esau who traded his entire inheritance for a bowl of lentil soup. Now we need Christ to come down and re-establish His Paradise after sin destroyed it. That's the entire focus of Advent: we destroyed our lives through sin and need Christ to come and fix it.

Rorate caeli desuper et nubes pluant justum!