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Roráte Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone with Ancient Liturgy Choir

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Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption

1111 Gough St

San Francisco, CA 94109-6606

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Ror´ate Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone with the BXVI Ancient Liturgies Choir 5:30 a.m. Pacific

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The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. In many instances families and individuals travel an hour or more, rising and arriving very early for this stunningly beautiful Mass. The interplay of light and darkness speak to the meaning of Advent and the coming of the Light of the world.

The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of the Introit, which are from Isaiah 45:8:

“Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.”

“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. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter, illumined by the sun as our Faith is illumined by Christ.

As Advent draws to a close, Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate a pre-dawn Pontifical Low Rorate Mass Friday, December 17, 2021 at 5:30 AM at the main altar of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Abbé Alex Barga, of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will be master of ceremonies. For more about the beauty and significance of Rorate Masses, which are votive Masses dedicated to Our Lady during Advent, see here.

This is the first time Archbishop Cordileone has celebrated a traditional Latin Mass at his own Cathedral. Join him and experience the sacred.

We request you register for planning purposes. Donations help defray the cost of the new Benedict XVI Ancient Liturgies Choir, launched by our music director Rebekah Wu. Singers will come from all over the Bay Area.

As alwasy we appreciate your gifts but we appreciate the gift of your presence in prayer most of all.


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