Thursday, December 20, 2018

Rorate Mass at St Stephen’s in Portland, Oregon, December 22

Thanks for Shawn Natola from the congregation of St Stephens in Portland, Oregon for alerting me to the following! There will be a Rorate Mass on Saturday, December 22nd at 7 am at the church.

A Rorate Mass during is the Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Advent season, celebrated in the early morning while it is still dark. The church and the altar are only lit by candlelight, so many candles are used to illuminate the darkness. Christ is the True Light, and we keep watch for His coming at Christmas; the Mass begins in the dark, and the light begins to come into the windows about the time of the Consecration.

The schedule on the day is as follows:

Rorate Mass by candlelight starts at 7:00 a.m. 9 (Sunrise at approximately 7:45 a.m.)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass, until 9:00 a.m.
Confessions from 9:30 to 10:45

The photographs below are of the previous Rorate Mass, celebrated last Saturday, courtesy of James Mears Photography.

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