Peter R Hallock

Rorate caeli desuper


An Advent anthem for AATB men’s choir with alto and tenor soli

The text of this hymn is frequently used in the Divine Office during Advent. It is a plea of the Prophets, the Patriarchs, and the entire Church, all of whom long for the coming of the Messiah. As dew comes down from the sky and quenches the dry earth, only to evaporate back, so too will the Messiah come to save his people and return to heaven. We recall our past offenses and sins and seek forgiveness as we await the birth of Christ for our redemption, a redemption that will bring the waters of life to desolate Jerusalem.


Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes pluant iustum.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just One.

Ne irascaris Domine, ne ultra memineris iniquitatis:
Be not angry, O Lord, and remember no longer our iniquity:

ecce civitas Sancti facta est deserta: Sion deserta facta est: Jerusalem desolata est:
behold the city of thy sanctuary is become a desert, Sion is made a desert. Jerusalem is desolate.

Consolamini, consolamini, popule meus:
Be comforted, be comforted, my people;

Quia innovavit te dolor?
Why hath sorrow seized thee?

Noli timere, salvabo te; ego enim sum Dominus Deus tuus.
Fear not, I will save thee; for I am the Lord thy God.

Be comforted.

Score Information

Published: 2008
Completion Date: December 2008
© Peter R. Hallock Institute
Composer: Peter R. Hallock
Engraver: Robert Puff
Scripture Reference(s): Isaiah 45:8; Isaiah 64:9-10; and other short passages from the prophet Isaiah
Liturgical Season: Advent
Publisher: Peter R. Hallock Institute
Manuscript Location: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Recording information: What Hand Divine, Track 6

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