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Rorate Caeli/O Heavens, Open from Above

Composer: J. Michael Thompson
Format: Octavo
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SSATB a cappella; Cantor; Assembly
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From J. Michael Thompson, we present this chant-based arrangement of the Melvin Farrell translation of Rorate Caeli ("O Heavens, Open from Above").  The Mode I Melody is intoned by the cantor and repeated in four parts; assembly participaton on the melody line is encouraged.  Your congregation will love learning and singing the Latin refrain from our Catholic heritage as the cantor and choir sing the verses in various vocal configurations of two, three, and four parts, with attention always on the graceful phrase structure and natural interpretation of this classic text.
Topic:  Advent; Salvation; Justice; Second Coming; Feast of the Annunciation
Liturgical Season:  Advent
Sunday of the Year:  Advent 4 Year A; Advent 4 Year B; Advent 4 Year C; Advent 2 Year B; Advent 2 Year C
Rorate Caeli/O Heavens, Open from Above Listen
In Verse 1, composer suggests Soprano cantor or Soprano section with Altos singing Ison.
In Verse 3, composer suggests Tenor cantor or tenor section with Basses singing Ison.
Series Title:  Music for the Seasons
Arranger:  Translation by Melvin Farrell, alt.
First Line:  Roráte caeli dé super, et nubes pluant justum.
O heavens, open from above, that clouds may rain the Just One.
Hymn Tune:  Mode I
Secondary Language:  English; Latin
Size:  7x10
Length:  4 pages
Copyright:  Translation and arrangement © 1964, 2007, World Library Publications
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