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All Souls Day Requiem Mass, a Baptism, and a Sunday Mass

posted Oct 20, 2017, 9:24 AM by Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri
Our Blessed Mother's graces continue to flow into our little Society. The 100th anniversary 'Our Lady of Fatima Mass' was truly remarkable; yet, an unlikely holy event for rural Catholics in northeast Missouri. This announcement will rival even that amazing October Holy Mass.

For November, we are now able to announce TWO Holy Masses within the span of THREE days –- AND, one of them will be an extremely rare Requiem Latin Mass. On All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM, there will be a Requiem Mass at St. Rose of Lima in Novinger, followed by an infant Baptism in the Traditional Latin Rite! Father Dylan Schrader, of the Diocese of Jefferson City will return to celebrate the Requiem Mass & Baptism for us. THEN (three days later), at 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 5, Father Kevin Drew, pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Trenton, MO will return to celebrate Sunday Holy Mass for us! How about that for a daily double?

Here, in part, is what Father Schrader described, β€œThe symbolism is very powerful when you compare All Saints Day with All Souls Day the next day. The All Souls Mass is essentially a Requiem Mass. Thus, black vestments are used. I have a black set that I will bring. I also have special Requiem altar cards that I will bring. The antependium or other decorations for the altar could certainly be black, but the top altar cloth should always be white. Also, it's a sort of custom to use unbleached candles at Requiem Masses (since bleached candles are bright white and seen as more festive). I have two unbleached candles that I can bring."

HERE'S MORE from Father Schrader: "One general rule is that in the Requiem Mass, all "blessings" are reserved for the dead, so the water isn't blessed, the priest doesn't bless the people at the end, etc. Also, joyous or festive things (e.g., the Gloria, the Gloria Patri) are omitted. You are correct: No flowers on the altar for a Requiem Mass. I hope it the Requiem Mass) is well attended! "

It's not an exaggeration to observe that this profoundly beautiful, moving Requiem Latin Mass is unavailable to the vast majority of parishes in the entire Catholic world. Yet, it will be available here in a humble, 106-year-old Church that seats 70 in a town with a population of 456 in rural northeast Missouri on All Souls Day. Is there anyone who can doubt Our Blessed Mother's intercession? All are welcome (to both Holy Masses)! Thank you, Mother Mary.

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