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Notes: A vigorous advent gathering song for cantor/choir alone or with congregation. This song may be used for the lighting of Advent candles where verse 1 is sung on the First Sunday of Advent, verse two (alone or added to verse one) on the Second Sunday of Advent and so on. If sung by a choir it should ideally be sung unaccompanied with a bold declamatory tone onto the refrain and with a more reflective feel to the verses. The refrain may be used alone as a response to intercessions.
Rain down justice from above, you heavens, clouds burst open, let the holy one appear. Earth give birth and show the world a Saviour: God has spoken, the Holy One is near.
Gathering as travellers and pilgrims, with our faces turned to the brightness of the sun, listening to the words of the promise: he will come, he will surely come.
Gathering with prophets and teachers, with their vision piercing the watches of the night, calling out the words of the promise: he will come, he will surely come.
Gathering with John the Baptist, in the wilderness, seeking out the Lamb of God, echoiing the words of the promise: he will come, he will surely come.
Gathering with Mary and Joseph, with their empty hands and their hearts on fire with love, pondering the words of the promise: he will come, he will surely come.