Rorate Caeli

Free 2019 traditional liturgical calendar for priests and bishops

We first brought our priest and bishop readers this offer of a free traditional Latin Mass liturgical calendar last year, with no real idea of how well it would be received. Well ...

We were thrilled to learned that many, many priests, and several bishops, took us up on the offer and received their free calendars! May them taking this first step lead to many good fruits in the future. 

Note: If you're a priest or bishop you can get one for free and, if you're a layman, you can send one to a priest for free as well. 

Please consider sending one to your local parish pastor. You never know -- you may get a new, local TLM option out of it. Sometimes it only takes a small spark to light a fire! 

Just fill out the contact information and instructions on the website and they'll take care of the rest. 

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent: "What did you go out to see?"

Father Richard Cipolla

“Are you he who is to come, or do we wait for another?”  (Matthew 11:3)

This Gospel is full of questions.  The primary question by Saint John the Baptist, and then the questions asked by Jesus to the crowd.  This Gospel is one of the reasons why I love the season of Advent.  There is never enough time in Advent.  There seems to always be enough time in Lent, but Advent is something that seems to pass through our fingers. And yet…and yet, it is in the encounter with the Gospels read during the Sundays of Advent that we are forced to stop and look and hear and ask questions of ourselves.

The first question is asked by John the Baptist.  We must remember who he is: He whose mother felt him leap in her womb in the presence of Jesus in Mary’s womb: He who lived in the desert so that he might be closer to God.  He who, when he asked the question in today’s Gospel in prison, is in  prison not for some crime against the State or against humanity.  John is in prison because he dared to tell King Herod that he sinned in marrying his brother’s wife.  That is a topic for another sermon, but suffice it to say that John is in prison because he offended the power of the world that wants to do whatever it wants to do and also wants the blessing of religion on its dark deeds.  Remember that this was before Catholic theologians looked to the world to define what is right and what is wrong.  And from prison John asks his followers to ask this astounding question of Jesus: “Are you he who is to come, do we wait for another?”

Fontgombault Sermon for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: In the School of Mary

Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean Pateau
Abbot of Our Lady of Fontgombault
(Fontgombault, December 8, 2018)

Ave Maria, gratia plena.
Hail Mary, full of grace.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
My dearly beloved Sons,

IN THIS SATURDAY, a day traditionally dedicated to Mary, the Church celebrates a great mystery, the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Among all the mysteries of the faith, this one is assuredly one of the most unfathomable. How might we approach it? We shall be helped by the readings of the Mass.

The Book of Proverbs evokes the eternity that dominates the time of creation:

The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made any thing from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old, before the earth was made. (Prov 8:22-23)

The eternal Wisdom who is speaking in these lines, already beside God during the creation of the world, will incarnate itself in Mary’s womb, making itself a human word: that is Christmas’ mystery.

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

Father R. Plus S.J.

The Song of Bernadette (1943 - apparition of March 25, 1858)

We should not be astounded at such a sublime privilege! Are not the reasons which wage battle in favor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary evident? Due to His holiness, Jesus had to be born of a sinless Mother; He ‘who finds specks in the Angels themselves’ and Who ‘takes delight only amongst the lilies’ would never have consented to have been born of a flesh tainted by sin.

The starting point of the elevation to grace is, for each one of us, Baptism. Every man, in fact, enters into existence with the consequences of original sin, and he does not possess that divine life which God wanted to give to humanity, because our first parents lost it. Therefore, born firstly to human life, it is necessary that he be born a second time to the divine life. This is the reason the baptismal rite exists: to introduce him into the Christian life, in the supernatural sphere, into the family of the children of God.

Schönborn profanates Vienna Cathedral once more

Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna has once again made a mockery of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

This past weekend, this happened in the venerable consecrated building, a "rock concert" in honor of "World AIDS Day" (apologies for the utter lack of modesty):

It's the most wonderful time of the year -- for many souls in Purgatory

It's been a long-held popular belief that Christmas is the day when the most souls are released from Purgatory. 

Please send the names of your deceased loved ones before Christmas Day. As long as they're in our inbox they're enrolled in the Society perpetually (if you've sent them in before, don't send them in again). 

Enroll them in time for Christmas then consider making your Christmas Mass offertory intention for the relief of all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society.

Priests: The Souls still need more of you saying Mass for them! Please email me to offer your services. There's nothing special involved -- all you need to do is offer a weekly or monthly TLM with the intention: "For the Souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society."

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.