by Sr Fidelis
This verse from Isaiah 45:8 gives exquisite poetic expression to the deepest longings of the church for the coming of the Messiah. We find this verse used in various ways throughout the entire Advent Season; as the versicle and response at Vespers; as antiphons at Lauds and Matins, and as the Introit for the Fourth Sunday. But perhaps the most beautiful version is a late addition to the Gregorian Repertoire, most likely composed around 1610 – 1615.
V. See, Lord the affliction of your people, and send him whom you are about to send; send forth the Lamb, the Lord of the earth, from the rock of the desert to the mountain of the daughter of Zion, that he himself may take away the yoke of our captivity.
Drop down dew….
V. Be comforted,be comforted my people; your deliverance will come quickly. Why are you consumed with grief, that your sorrow has been renewed? I will save you, do not be afraid; I myself am indeed the Lord your God, the holy One of Israel, your Redeemer.