Rorate Mass

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Saturday, 9 November 2023 at 7:30 a.m.
An Advent Tradition Honouring Our Lady

As the sun rises on the Saturday before the Second Sunday in Advent, we will offer a Votive Mass of Our Lady at S. Bart’s. Illuminated by candlelight, and accompanied by Gregorian chant and medieval polyphony, this mass offers us an hour of devotion, contemplation and beauty, as we prepare for the coming of the Light that is our Saviour, our Emmanuel. The tradition of the Rorate Mass stretches back to at least the eighth century (and possibly earlier), and its name is taken from the first words of the Introit: Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness (Rorate caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum).

  • Mass: Missa Alme Pater
  • Offertory Motet: Salve, Virgo virginum – English, 14th century
  • Communion Motet: Gaude, Virgo gratiosa – from the Dublin Troper, 13th century

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