Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just:
let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.
Any day in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a day that lifts the heart and soul with words of love and hymns to the Mother of Fair Love. But when an entire week is spent celebrating the Heavenly Queen, she is sure to radiantly smile down upon her children.
Thus has been the past week - a favorite week of a Marian Sister. The week of Our Lady began on Sunday celebrating our Mother's Immaculate Conception, then again on Monday (the external solemnity), followed by Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, and finally ending with today - a Rorate Mass in her honor.
Hymn: Rorate Caeli
Refrain: Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just One.
Be not angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity:
behold the city of the Holy One is become a desert: Sion is
become a desert: Jerusalem is desolate: the house of thy
sanctification and of thy glory, where our fathers praised thee
We have sinned and are become as one that is unclean: and we
have all fallen as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have
carried us away: thou hast hidden thy face from us, and hast
crushed us in the hold of our iniquity.
Behold, O Lord, the affliction of thy people, and send forth Him
Who is to come: send forth the Lamb, the ruler of the earth, from
the Rock of the desert, to the mount of daughter Sion: that he
may take away the yoke of our captivity.
Be comforted, be comforted, my people: thy salvation cometh
quickly: why art thou consumed with grief: for sorrow hath
estranged thee: I will save thee: fear not, for I am the Lord thy
God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.
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