The Rorate Masses of Our Lady in Advent (also called the “Golden Mass” or “Missa Aurea” due to the light of candles used in this particular Mass done in the very early hours of the morning or very near midnight) has a very peculiar version in the Philippine Islands called the Misas de Aguinaldo, a vestige of the Spanish Empire.
Particularly, the Misas de Aguinaldo are offered in the wee hours of the morning before the break of dawn and or late in the evening before midnight, hence also the name “Simbang Gabi” (Night Worship/ Night Masses).
The Masses are specifically offered in honor of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, for the intentions of the people, primarily, for the preservation of the Catholic Faith in these Islands. Hence, compared to the Rorate Masses offered in other countries, which don the purple color and theme of Advent, the Misas de Aguinaldo have a festive character embodied by the special settings employed and the white vestments, which under Indult, are unique to the Catholic Church in the Philippines.
Thus, this coming 15th to the 23rd of December, we cordially invite you to be part of this beloved tradition of our people, and together, let us honor Our Lady and prepare for the upcoming day of Christmas by these special Rorate Masses done in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
This Advent season, let us focus our attention on the Divine Mysteries of the Incarnation through the sense of the sacred.