Dona dantur desuper
One of the many great Christian traditions is the four-week celebration of Advent. In every church, daily devotions called Rorate Masses are held. Advent is a special anticipation time for the Savior – Jesus Christ arrival. It is a time for reflections; to think about our own lives, about our daily conducts. It is a time of changes and conversion. Advent is a wonderful time to ask, if I walk the right path.
At the John Paul II Foundation Home, the morning tradition of Rorate Masses is practiced for many years. Motivated by the expectation of the Savior arrival, fellows, residents and guests gather in the early morning in the Foundation’s chapel. At the beginning of the Rorate Mass, all faithful hold lighted candles in their hands, while the main lights are dimmed. This gesture symbolizes the openness of our hearts from which love and goodness radiate. Around is complete darkness, but everyone is so unique creation of God that he/she is able to overcome the darkness, if his/her heart is open to God’s action and if in his/her heart there is love and goodness. Another, important symbol of the Rorate Mass is beautifully adorned and lit candle, called Rorate Candle. It symbolizes Mary, as with Her we are waiting for the birth of the Savior. An important symbol, without which it is difficult to image a Rorate Mass, is a composition of four candles. Each symbolizes one week of the four-week long Advent. The first one symbolizes forgiveness, second – faith, third – the covenant with God, and the fourth one – coming of the Messiah.