Rorate Caeli Mass
At the Our Lady side altar of Holy Ghost Church
December 10, 2016
The Rorate Caeli Mass is a traditional Advent devotion in which the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Advent is offered just before dawn, with no lighting other than candles on the altar. The Mass takes its title, Rorate Caeli, from the first words of its Introit:
Rorate, caeli, desuper . . . .
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above . . . .
Photo of the Our Lady side altar taken before Mass, with overhead lights still turned on.
With overhead lights turned off before Fr. Hendershott and the servers
emerged from the sacristry to begin the celebration of Mass.
With overhead lights off, 44 candles lit on the altar during the Mass
Photos by Henry Edwards