Saturday, December 19, 2009

Rorate Mass

On the Wednesday of Ember week in Advent, the Mystery of the Annunciation is commemorated by many Churches. The Mass is usually sung early in the morning (although can be said at night), and the Church is illuminated with only candles, as a token that, "the world was still in darkness when the Light of the world appeared." The Mass is sometimes called the Golden Mass, possibly because in the Middle Ages, the Mass, or at least the initial letters, were written in gold — or on account of the solemnity and the special, ‘golden’ grace which, at that Mass, is obtained by numerous prayers. It is also called the Rorate Mass after the first words of the Introit of the Mass, Rorate Cœli:

Rorate cœli, désuper, et nubes pluant justum: aperiátur terra, et gérminet Salvatórem. Cœli enárrant glóriam Dei: et ópera mánuum ejus annúntiat firmaméntum.

"Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just: let the earth open and bud forth a Savior. The heavens show forth the glory of God: and the firmament declareth the work of His hands." (Is. 45:8; Ps. 18:2)

(Photo of a Rorate Mass 2006 at Assumption Grotto, Detroit)
St. Mary's in Kalamazoo is having a High Tridentine Rorate Mass on December 23 at 7 p.m.


Dad said...

I hope Susan and Carolyn make it too!!

Susan said...

Carolyn and I sure hope to be there on Wednesday. It just looks and sounds so beautiful. The Catholic Faith has so many beautiful traditions. It was so great to see you and your brother as servers today...Almost felt like old times....

Dad said...

That was one of the most beautiful Masses I have ever attended! Kudos to Fr's Sirico, Grondz and Richardson, and to the holy servers and those in choir- also to the divine propers by the schola. We are blessed to be able to witness such attention to Our Lady in holy Mass! Also, what a pleasant surprise to meet up with an old friend and former student! In matters of faith there are no coincidences!!