The celebrant was Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P., of the Western Dominican Province who was assisted, once again, by the Province's student brothers from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley, CA). Since it is not the Dominican custom to celebrate a devotional "Rorate" Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin in Advent, this Mass was that proper to the Ember Day, which does, happily, have the Officium (Introit) "Rorate."
As it was expected that the Mass would be by candle light as is the common Roman custom, the church was in darkness except for the large numbers of candles.
Here are some photos from the Mass:
|The Priest with his hands in the Dominican Orans Position|
|Ministers at the Sedilla|
|Ministers reciting the Offertory Verse|
|The Elevation of the Host|
Here are the ministers in the sacristy after the Mass: Brother Christopher Wetzel, O.P. (in cappa, assisting), Bro. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P. (senior acolyte), Rev. Bro. Peter Junipero Hannah, O.P. (deacon), Rev. Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P. (priest), Bro. Gabriel Mosher, O.P. (subdeacon), and Bro. Bradley Elliott, O.P. (junior acolyte). The Dominican practice that the deacon and subdeacon do not wear dalmatics on penitential and ferial days is clearly evident in this photo.
A video of the entire Mass: