Rorate Masses Tomorrow Saturday December 11

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a reminder we have several Rorate Masses in the region tomorrow morning including at St. Ann and St. Mark parishes tomorrow. Here is the schedule:

Rorate Masses Tomorrow Saturday December 11

A Rorate Mass is a beautiful candlelight Latin Mass at dawn on a Saturday in Advent to herald the Light of the World and honor Our Lady. These Masses will either be High or Solemn High Masses.

  • Saturday December 11 – St. Mark, Huntersville – 6:00am (Solemn High)
  • Saturday December 11 – Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 6:00am (High) (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:30am (High or Solemn High)
  • Saturday December 11 – Prince of Peace, Taylors SC – 6:30am (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Elizabeth, Boone – 6:30am (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

Fr. Reid also had a helpful description from today’s St. Ann parish Friday Five e-mail:

Our Rorate Mass will be tomorrow, December 11th at 6:30 a.m. This votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary takes its name from the first words of the Introit: “Rorate coeli, désuper et nubes pluant justum,” which is translated: “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just.” What is special about this Mass is that it is celebrated early in the morning using only candlelight, a reminder that the world was in darkness before the coming of the True Light of the World, Jesus Christ. As the Mass is offered, and the dawn begins to break, the Church – through the prayers of this Mass – expresses her deep longing for the coming of the Messiah in the darkness of our fallen world. It is thus a Mass that is so wonderfully suited to the Advent theme of hopeful expectation of the coming of the Christ Child.

For the complete list of Advent and Christmastide Masses please see our webpage:

Lastly, Dr. Mike Foley has posted a helpful article on this past Wednesday’s feast of the Immaculate Conception: