Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent.
This is a beautiful custom whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before dawn.
The Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin, and so it is celebrated in white, rather than Advent purple.
One way that I have heard this done is that, while the hymn Rorate caeli begins, the priest and people process into the church. At the end of the hymn, prayers at the foot of the altar begin. When the Gloria is sung (for the Blessed Virgin’s votive Mass) the lights of the church are turned on.
It could be good to time to end of Mass as the sun is rising.
I imagine that some of you have experiences of these Rorate Masses during Advent.