Rorate Caeli

You report: The Rorate Mass

Our reader T. Gallagher sends us the following video and report from Saint Stephen the First Martyr Parish, served by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), in Sacramento, California:

The Votive Mass of Our Lady in Advent (Rorate Mass) has been offered at St. Stephen's since the beginning of our parish in 2002. The church fills up before 5:30 am with families who drive as much as 1 1/2 hours in the dark to assist at this beautiful Mass in honor of Our Lady. Only candle light is used in the sanctuary and in the choir loft. It is the most beautiful time of total immersion into the mystery of the Incarnation.

The music used for the video is taken from our newly released CD "The Little Road to Bethlehem," which is available at St. Stephen's Bookstore (916-455-5114 or

The words of Isaiah used as the introit antiphon of the Votive Mass of Our Lady in Advent, are also, of course, used in the introit of the Fourth Sunday in Advent, tomorrow, after which this blog, founded on the same Sunday in 2005, was named.