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An Advent Latin Mass by candlelight

121712-rorate-massSee video from the first Rorate Mass celebrated here in decades

CHARLOTTE — On Dec. 15 Catholics attended what is thought to be the first Rorate Mass celebrated in the Diocese of Charlotte since the Second Vatican Council.

The pre-dawn traditional Latin Mass, an ancient custom during Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was held "in media nocte" ("in the middle of the night") and was illuminated only by candlelight.

Father Matthew Kauth, a priest in residence at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, celebrated the Rorate Mass in the early morning hours of Dec. 15 in memory of his late father, Deacon Richard Kauth, on the anniversary of his passing.

The Rorate Mass gets its name from the opening words of the Introit, taken from Isaiah 45:8 – in Latin: "Rorate, cæli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum; aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem, et justitia oriatur simul: ego Dominus creavi eum," and in English: "Drop down dew, you heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain on the just: let the earth be opened, and bud forth a savior: and let justice spring up together: I the Lord have created him."

— Photos and video by Anthony Perlas,