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Contributors:New Catholic - Catholic convert. Contact me at: newcatholic@gmail.com Please, pray for me.

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  • Rev. Fr. L. Demets, FSSP

Age: 38Male
Location: North Little Rock : Arkansas : United States

Prêtre catholique de la Fraternité Sacerdotale Saint Pierre. Ordonné le 1er juillet 2000 à Wigratzbad ( Allemagne ) Actuellement chapelain de la Communauté Saint-Jean Baptiste pour la Liturgie traditionnelle en Arkansas. I am a Catholic Priest, member of the Fraternity of Saint Peter. I was ordained on July 1st 2000 in Wigratzbad ( Germany ) I am the Chaplain of the Latin Mass Community - Saint John the Baptist - in Arkansas.

  • Michael Sternbeck

Gender: Male
Industry: Religion
Location: Newcastle : NSW : Australia

  • Carlos A. Palad
Industry: Communications or Media
Occupation: Public Affairs Officer
Location: Quezon City : Metro Manila : Philippines

Public Affairs Officer, Chemrez Technologies, Inc. and a member of the following: The Philippine Biodiesel Association (TPBA), Partnership for Clean Air (PCA), and Concerned Citizens Against Pollution (COCAP)

  • Mornac
Gender: Male
Location: Chicago : United States
  • Bonetus
Jordanes
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Location: United States

This poor sinner is an adult Catholic convert, a layman, husband, and father of five. By God's inestimable grace, he believes all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because God has revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived, and to the Divine Heart of Jesus, King of the Universe, he offers his poor actions in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge His sacred royalty, and that thus the reign of His peace may be established in every nation and throughout the universe.

           What is this? 
Instead of simply bothering other people in their website, I've decided to create my own weblog.

It is named after the first words of the Mass (Introit) of the day in which it was established, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It truly is one of the most beautiful of all Introits in the Liturgical Year.


oráte, cæli, désuper, et nubes pluant justum: aperiátur terra, et gérminet Salvatórem. (Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.) Ps. 18, 2 Cæli enárrant glóriam Dei: et ópera mánuum ejus annúntiat firmaméntum. (The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands.) Glória Patri...



The imagery of celestial dew, a favorite of the Latin Church (it is mentioned, for instance, in the Traditional formula for the Consecration of Bishops), is often repeated in these words adapted from Isaias. The same words are repeated throughout Advent in responsories of the Divine Office, partly in the Introit of the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (S. Maria in Sabbato) in Advent, as well as in several other traditional liturgical texts of the West.

The audio and image files of the Introit are available here and an actual audio recording of it is available here (mp3 file; the quality is poor, but one can clearly hear the metalic sounds of the chains of thuribles...).




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