Rorate mass

Friday, December 23

Rorate mass


Rorate, caeli, de super (Isa 45:8) Shower, O heavens, from above

These words of the biblical antiphone used in the liturgy during Advent gave name to the traditional Rorate mass, originally a votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin. The liturgical color is white and this early mass (before sunrise) is accompanied by candle light.

There is also the custom that people walked in the dark of the early morning (carrying lamps, candles) to church and Advents hymns were sung.

Join the celebration of the Rorate Mass at Ss. Cyril’s every Friday in Advent. Light procession begins at 6:00 am at the outdoor Slovak Cross, followed by Holy Mass in the Church. You may bring a candle for the procession. We will meet by the Slovak cross.

Coffee is available after mass. All are welcome.