The Rorate Coeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion where the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary is offered just before dawn. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.
The Mass takes its title, Rorate Coeli, from the first words of the entrance chant, which are from Isaiah 45:8:
“Rorate, coeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.”
“Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just one: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.”
The Rorate Coeli Mass is lit only by candlelight. In the dimly lit setting, priests and faithful prepare to honor the Light of the world, who is soon to be born, and offer praise to God for the gift of our Lady. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun, just as our faith is illumined by Christ.
We hope you can join us for these beautiful liturgies!
Masses for 2021 will take place at 6:35 a.m. on Wednesday, December 15th and Wednesday, December 22nd.