Saturday, December 14th:
6AM Rorate Mass

The “Rorate Mass” takes its name from the Introit (opening prayer) of the Mass.  Rorate caeli, from Isaiah 45:8 is Latin for “Drop down dew, ye heavens”.  It is a plea to Almighty God to send forth the Savior.

Celebrated early in the morning in a dimly lit church, the daylight that enters as Holy Mass proceeds is meant to signify the light and the hope that the Christ Child brought (and continues to bring!) into the dark, fallen world, through the Blessed Virgin Mary’s fiat (“Let it be done”).

VBP has built the level of solemnity of our Rorate Masses: we began with a Low Mass, then a Low Mass with the Blessed Sacrament exposed, and this year we have progressed to the High Mass!

The setting will be Hassler’s superb Missa super dixit Maria culminating with Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater.

Our Rorate Mass at St. John Vianney in Northlake
December 2016
Photo credit: Marc Monaghan
A VBP First:

Solemn High Requiem

Wednesday, November 6th
@ OLPH Parish in Glenview

On a crisp Fall evening, 144 people gathered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish for VBP’s first Requiem: a Solemn High with absolution at the catafalque.


Under the direction of our dedicated Music Director Chad McCoy, our talented choir sang Anerio’s “Missa pro defunctis”, which was notably used in 1912 at a Requiem for the repose of all the souls of the faithful departed of the Titanic, just days after the tragedy.


We hope soon to make this available, which we were informed would be the first complete version found online!


Thank you to our ministers: Rev. Nicholas Kostyk, Rev. Ervin Caliente, Br. Joseph Brom, SJC as well as VBP Chaplain Rev. Charles Fanelli for his memorable preaching on living worthy and pleasing lives to God always with our eternal destiny in mind.

And a special thank you to VBP’s incredible acolytes, the four Brothers Anderson, for their expertise and generosity.

Finally, a thank you to all who attended this special Mass!

Photo credit: Marybeth Agulo
Looking Ahead to 2020
VBP is planning for the New Year! We intend to follow a quarterly schedule for our Masses, as we have in 2019. This pace also allows us to facilitate patronal feasts and school trip Traditional Latin Masses when we are asked!

If you have any suggestions for churches where you would like to see a VBP Mass, please let us know. In the meantime, please stay tuned for 2020 Save the Dates, coming soon! 
Want a Traditional Latin Mass at Your Parish?
Does your parish have an upcoming patronal Feast, anniversary,
or other special occasion that you would be interested in celebrating
with a glorious Missa Cantata?

Please reach out to us at
and we would love to see if this could be possible!
How Can You Help? 
Do you appreciate VBP’s work? It takes a lot of time, energy and funds to make these Masses happen! Interested in how you could get involved? 

Volunteer: If you are interested in donating your time and talent in any way, please contact us at We could always use help with set-up/take-down, advertising, networking and fundraising! Have an idea? Let us know!

Donate: While your faithful VBP organizers, our wonderful chaplain, priests, and acolytes are all volunteers, these Masses still cost money! Costs include the outstanding professional singers, provisions for the festive receptions, and printing and technology expenses. You can donate to support this work
here. Thank you for your generosity! 

VBP is a registered non-profit organization in the state of Illinois.
However, donations are not tax-deductible. 
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