There were 163 candles, to be exact, at a Rorate Caeli Mass celebrated at St. Martin of Tours this past Advent. But not many were counting. Rather, they were there to honor the Blessed Virgin, in anticipation of the birth of Christ.
This was the first time celebrating the Mass in St. Louis for members of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, who came to the Archdiocese of St. Louis at the invitation of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson earlier this year. In June, the community was assigned to care for the needs of St. Martin of Tours in Lemay.