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Rorate Mass

posted Dec 5, 2019, 6:00 AM by Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 6:02 AM ]
Father Drew will once again this year be celebrating a Rorate Mass on Saturday, December 14 at 6:50 pm at St. Joseph Parish in Trenton, MO.  It is celebrated early as the only light in the Church is from candles at the altar.  As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.

The Rorate Mass takes its name from the opening words of the Introit, which comes to us from Isaiah 45:8: Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluantjustum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem, which translates: 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.  

The reading and prayers of the Mass foretell the prophecy of the Virgin who would bear a Son called Emmanuel, and call on all to raise the gates of their hearts and their societies to let Christ the King enterasking for the grace to receive eternal life by the merits of the Incarnation and saving Resurrection of Our Lord Mass on Monday .