Fr Paul celebrated a Rorate Mass at St Mary’s on 17th December at 6.45am.
A Rorate Mass is the Advent Mass of Our Lady which takes its name from the Entrance Antiphon: “Rorate caeli”. “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just. Let the earth be opened and send forth a Saviour.”It is celebrated early in the morning and only by candlelight. The dawn represents the birth of Christ, and with His coming, the journey from darkness to light.
The Mass was celebrated ‘ad orientem’, facing East, as we look together towards the Coming of the Lord.