Monday, November 2, 2015

Photos: Solemn High Requiem Mass for All Souls

The catafalque, representing the faithful departed, is seen in the foreground
during the prayers at the foot of the altar.

At 7:30 a.m. today, a Solemn High Requiem Mass was celebrated for All Souls, while a visiting priest celebrated at the Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Priests may celebrate three Masses today, which each of the priests will have done today.  There is still a 7:00 p.m. Mass tonight.

Propers used for the three Masses can be found here.

A few photos follow with many more in the gallery link.  I would appreciate a link to this post even though the full set of pictures are in a gallery at my Smugmug account.  This has information that goes with the photos.

First, here are one of three photos in the gallery of the Mass at the Altar of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  That young altar boy toughed out three consecutive Masses there.  

I have found many subtle things in Masses using the 1962 Missal that heighten my sense of worship. Early on, my eyes were drawn to this moment when the celebrant consumes the Body of Christ, with the deacon and subdeacon off to the corners, bowing profoundly.  The gesture speaks to the holiness of consuming Our Lord in the Eucharist, as we observe.

After the Mass, are the Prayers of Absolution at the catafalque.

Holy water…


After Prayers of Absolution, a brief exit

Then, after altar boys make further preparations, Father Perrone celebrates his next two Masses. It was explained to people that they could receive Holy Communion at two of the Masses.

These altar boys worked three consecutive Masses, as well.  

The full gallery of photos for All Souls is in this Smugmug gallery.

I recommend reading a brief post by Peter Kwasniewski at the New Liturgical Movement blog: Romano Guardini on Evening, Death, and Eternal Life. 

Side note: The GrottoCast audio homilies are several weeks behind.  I will get to those soon.  Watch for updates. 

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