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The Roraty Mass
In Poland there are frequent Masses, including the beautiful Roraty that is said before sunrise. The name comes from the Mass' first prayer, the introit, whose first words are Rorate coeli, meaning "Drop down ye heavens from above." Worshipers carry torches and lanterns to light at certain moments. The Mass begins in darkness and ends in light, symbolizing Christ's birth.

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