Gracious, refreshing rain for the weary

DROP down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together.

Isaiah 45:8.

Raindrops at Dunvegan Castle. © John Allan, Geograph. Used under licence.

Raindrops on waterlilies at Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye. © John Allan, Geograph. Used under licence. CLick for original.

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THE Word beyond being came down upon you like rain; entreat him, all-blameless Maiden, to rain pure drops of compunction on me, that will wash away every stain of my numberless evils.

Feast of the Prophet Elias.

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O GOD, when thou wentest forth before thy people,
when thou wentest through the wilderness; (Pause)

the earth quaked, yea, the heavens dropped water at the presence of the God of Sina,
at the presence of the God of Israel.

O God, thou wilt grant to thine inheritance a gracious rain;
for it was weary, but thou didst refresh it.

Ps 67(68):7.

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MY God, my God, look upon Thy [name].
Open thy heavens once again, and let a drop of Thy divine grace fall.
Enlighten the eyes of her soul, and have mercy on her.

O my God! My God! Thou who seest the secret parts of our soul!
Sweeten our heart which the evil one has embittered and which has forgotten thy love.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast (+1959).

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Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Prelude Op.28 No. 15, “Raindrop”.

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