The Rorate Mass takes its name from the opening words of the Introit, which comes from Isaiah 45:8:
Rorate, caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum, aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Saviour.
Saturday marked the fourth consecutive year that a Rorate Mass has been offered at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. As the Mass began before sunrise, the Church was illuminated only by candlelight. Because the Rorate is a votive Mass to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, white vestments are worn instead of Advent violet.
Father Matthew Kauth offered the Holy Sacrifice, with Father Jason Christian serving as deacon and pastor Father Patrick Winslow as subdeacon. All three men are priests of the Diocese of Charlotte.
I am grateful to Mr. John Cosmas of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community for sharing these beautiful pictures with us.