Rorate Caeli

Third Annual Festival of King St Louis in St. Louis, Missouri: Full Schedule

The Catholics of St. Louis would like to invite you to the 3rd annual Festival of St. Louis. As in the past, the celebration will commence with solemn vespers on August 24, followed by a day of liturgies and fellowship on August 25, culminating with a procession through downtown St. Louis to the Apotheosis of St. Louis Statue in Forest Park. Musical selections will include Parisian and crusader chants, as well as works by Dufay and Perotin. Below is the beautiful collect which reminds us of the prominent virtue of St. Louis: his desire to journey from an earthly kingdom to a Heavenly one.

Deus, qui beatum Ludovicum confessorem tuum, de terreno ac temporali regno ad caelestis et aeterni regni gloriam transtulisti, eius quesumus meritis et intercessione regis regum Iesu Christi filii tui nos cohaeredes efficias, et eiusdem regni tribuas esse consortes. Qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

O God, who didst transport Thy blessed confessor Louis from an earthly and temporal kingdom to the glory of the celestial and eternal one, we beseech Thee by his merits and intercession to make us coheirs of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, and grant us to be consorts of His kingdom, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth God for ever and ever, Amen.