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First Sunday of Advent, Upcoming Rorate Caeli Mass

posted Dec 5, 2018, 10:48 AM by Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 10:52 AM ]
About 40 of the faithful gathered Sunday for the the 36th consecutive monthly Sunday Traditional Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church in Novinger, Mo for the First Sunday of Advent. We even had someone attend from Tucson, AZ. What a holy night it was! Father Drew heard Confessions, we prayed Our Blessed Mother's Rosary, Holy Mass was celebrated as we gratefully knelt & received our Blessed Lord in Holy Communion. Afterwards, we had delicious food and warm fellowship in the Parish Hall. The entire evening was a true blessing!

NEXT TRADITIONAL MASS --- If you can get up early on a Saturday morning, PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS SPIRITUAL BLESSING. Father Kevin Drew will celebrate a special Rorate Caeli Traditional Latin Mass –- a votive Mass in Our Blessed Mother's honor, at 6:50 AM on Saturday, December 15 at St. Joseph's Church in Trenton. No electric lights; only candle lights, as we await the Light of The World! No Holy Rosary or Confession before Mass.

HERE'S HOW THE FSSP DESCRIBES THE RORATE CAELI MASS: “The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. In many instances families and individuals travel an hour or more, rising and arriving very early for this stunningly beautiful Mass. 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 Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8:
“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.''“Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.'

The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in Mary’s honor, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet. 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 as our Faith is illumined by Christ."