Wednesday, December 17, 2014

IV ADVENT (Rorate Sunday)


"Rorate Sunday" is one you usually don't hear about.  However, the Introit antiphon did strike a chord with me.
- Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant jusum; (Aperiatur terra et germinet salvatorem).
- Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One; (Let the earth be opened and send forth a Saviour).
The Latin antiphon above not only is used as the antiphon for the Introit (Entrance Chant) of the day (the parenthesized text is added in the Introit), but as the antiphon for another Advent responsory containing four lengthier verses.


Ordinary Form (Sat. 5 PM; Sun. 7:30, 9, and 11:15 AM - all Masses sung)

Sung Ordinary of the Mass and Alleluia are the same as the previous three Sundays.  After this Sunday, those will be put away "for a time".

Entrance hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel, Worship #357
Psalm 89: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord, music by yours truly
Offertory hymn: Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine, Maroon #45
Communion anthem: Alma Redemptoris Mater
- The text is that of the Marian Antiphon that is appointed for use from the First Sunday of Advent up to (and including) the Presentation of the Lord (traditionally known as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as "Candlemas"), which falls on February 2.  The tune is an altered form of the tune "Consolation", written by Samuel Webbe.  This tune appears with the hymn Come, ye disconsolate, which can be found in the Maroon hymnal at #483.
Meditation hymn: Ave Maria (chant setting), Worship #713
Recessional hymn: O come, divine Messiah, Worship #367

Extraordinary Form (Sun. 12:30 PM - Low Mass)

Numbers given are in the Maroon hymnal.

Entrance hymn: O come, O come, Emmanuel, #2 (verses 1 and 6)
- The sixth verse, O come, thou dayspring from on high, is a translation of O Oriens, the "O" Antiphon appointed for Vespers on December 21.
Offertory: organ improvisation on Rorate caeli (Mode I) (see top of post for notes)
Communion anthem: Alma Redemptoris Mater (see Ordinary Form list for notes)
Recessional hymn: Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates, #484 (verses 1 and 5)