Thursday, June 04, 2020

Drop down ye heavens from above ...

There is a Western custom of having a special commemoration of the Annunciation and Visitation in the run-up to Christmas. This began as the Advent Ember Days, but soon became a way of celebrating and meditating upon the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in God’s plan for salvation.  

The Rorate Mass is so-called because the Introit (or opening hymn) is what we know as the Advent Prose: Drop down ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. 

A beautiful custom arose in central and eastern Europe of saying this Advent Mass of our Lady entirely by candlelight in the darkness before the dawn, a very suitable time as we approach the shortest day of the year. 

So on  

Wednesday December 19th 

Eucharist of the Annunciation at St Michael Paternoster Royal at 7am (!) 

Friday December 21st 

Eucharist of the Visitation at St James Garlickhythe at 6pm 

Candles provided!