The “Rorate” Mass is an ancient Advent tradition that takes its name from the first word of the Introit: Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant iustum, “Drop down dew, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness.” This Mass in honor of Mary is a beautiful candlelit Mass that begins in the darkness of early morning. The interplay of light and darkness as the church becomes progressively brighter with the sunrise symbolizes the coming of the Eternal Light, whom we await during the Advent season.
Rorate Mass—The “Golden Mass”
Saturday, December 16
6:00 a.m.—Rorate High Mass w/Incense (Schola)
7:55 a.m.—Matins & Lauds
8:30 a.m.—Low Mass