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Rorate Caeli Mass

  • Holy Rosary Church 375 NE Clackamas St. Portland, OR 97232 USA (map)


The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion wherein the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn. On December 15 at 6:00 AM, the Dominican Friars will offer a sung Solemn High Mass. A simple reception will follow. 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…” (Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.) The Rorate Mass is lit only by candlelight. Because it is a votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 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. Please note that the regularly scheduled 8:00 AM Mass will be cancelled that day.

Earlier Event: December 14
Children's + High School Adoration
Later Event: December 25
The Nativity of the Lord