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All Souls Mass

Filed under: Liturgy — November 3, 2008 @ 11:03 pm

I had the good fortune to be able to assist at the mass at mass for the Commemoration of the Departed. I had never been to it before, and I must say it was quit moving. I did consider Ash Wednesday mass the most moving, but All Souls is right up there. Having the coffin in the center isle is quite a stark reminder of our own mortality. It also calls to mind past funerals I have been to, and the need to pray for those souls. The prayers of the mass are beautiful. I was especially moved by the offertory prayer, which was sung beautifully by our schola. I think it would make a good prayer to use for the whole month, with perhaps a minor adaptation at the end. Here it is:

O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the pains of hell and from the deep pit: deliver them from the lion’s mouth, that hell may not swallow them up, and they may not fall into darkness, but may the holy standard bearer, Michael, lead them into the holy light; which Thou didst promise to Abraham and to his seed of old. We offer to Thee, O Lord, sacrifices and prayers: do Thou receive them in behalf of those souls whom we commemorate this day. Grant them, O Lord, to pass from death to that life; which Thou didst.

requiem mass from a medieval book of hours

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