For the first time, St. Mary’s in Norwalk will offer a Rorate Mass before dawn on Saturday December 17 at 6:00 a.m. This is one of the wonderful traditions of the Church during Advent. The Rorate Mass is a special Mass during Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Mass is always celebrated by candlelight only and ends when the sun is just rising. The name of the Mass comes from the Introit of the Mass and the Versicle and Response every day at Vespers in Advent.
V. Rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum.
(Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just)
R. Aperiatur terra et germinet salvatorem.
(Let the earth be opened and send forth a Saviour)
Rorate Masses are also scheduled for Holy Innocents Church in New York and St. Mary’s in Greenwich, CT. See our post.