Your RORATE MASSES

Posted December 1, 2017 5:43 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Your RORATE MASSES

Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent.
This is a beautiful custom whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before dawn.
The Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin, and so it is celebrated in white, rather than Advent purple.  “Rorate” is the first word of the Introit chant for a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent.  There is also a beautiful Advent Gregorian chant hymn that uses this text, which comes from Isaiah 14.
One way that I have heard this done is that, while the hymn Rorate caeli begins,

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