Like the Apostle John, Bishop Ambrose - who never tired of saying: "Omnia Christus est nobis! To us Christ is all!" - continues to be a genuine witness of the Lord. Let us thus conclude our Catechesis with his same words, full of love for Jesus: "Omnia Christus est nobis! If you have a wound to heal, he is the doctor; if you are parched by fever, he is the spring; if you are oppressed by injustice, he is justice; if you are in need of help, he is strength; if you fear death, he is life; if you desire Heaven, he is the way; if you are in the darkness, he is light.... Taste and see how good is the Lord: blessed is the man who hopes in him!" (De Virginitate, 16, 99). Let us also hope in Christ. We shall thus be blessed and shall live in peace.
The whole talk can be found here.
A Rorate Mass is a beautiful, ancient Advent custom, whereby Mass is celebrated, illuminated only by candlelight, usually before Dawn. The Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary and so is celebrated in white, rather than Advent purple. Rorate is the first word of the Introit chant for a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin celebrated in Advent. There is also a beautiful Advent Gregorian Chant hymn that uses this text that comes from Isaiah 14.
In a time before electricity, a pre-dawn Mass for the workers was celebrated entirely by candlelight.
Come join us in the
Mass of our Ancestors.
Saturday, December 15
The Cathedral of St. Eugene
Santa Rosa, CA
Dear Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labor, and not to ask for any reward -
except that of knowing that I am doing your holy will. Amen.
Omnia Christus Est Nobis
Christ is everything for us!
I am a Roman Catholic Priest from California. I spent 13 wonderful years years as a member of the Province of the Pacific in the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. The outline of my life can be traced here.