Advent “Rorate” Mass

The Rorate Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent. It is also known as the “Golden Mass” Join us and see why this is known as the Golden Mass. A Latin High Mass with Gregorian Chant (Extraordinary Form) will be offered at Mary’s Altar on December 15th at 6:00 am. The regular 8:30 am Mass will still be celebrated.

The Rorate Mass takes its name from the first word of its introit (entrance song): “Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant iustum,” or “Drop down dew, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness.” It is a Mass in honor of Mary in which the interplay of light and darkness convey the meaning of Advent. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter. The Mass is usually celebrated by candlelight.


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