| Special Requiem Mass to be celebrated Nov. 1
Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate a Requiem Mass at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.
The Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Rudy de Vos, will sing the Requiem composed by Gabriel Fauré in the late 1880s. There will be some adaptions made in Fauré's work, which follows the setting of the Tridentine Mass, which was the Mass of its time. Bishop Barber will celebrate the Novus Ordo in Latin.
A worship aid will be available, in English and Latin. The readings will be in English.
There is a long tradition of the Requiem Mass, said Father Alexander Castillo, episcopal master of ceremonies. The rite remains "very dear in the hearts of the Catholic faith."
The Requiem Mass offers the opportunity to pray for the deceased, Father Castillo said, "entrusting them to the mercy of God." Its celebration shows, he said, "how special a place our deceased brothers and sisters still have in our church, our hearts and our faith."
A special invitation to the Mass is extended to all those who have lost a family member or friend during the past year. A special Remembrance Book will be available upon entering the cathedral to inscribe the loved one's name. Prayers for the repose of their soul will be said at the Mass and throughout the month of November in the cathedral.
The Mass itself will be longer, about 90 minutes, and will include music that is not usually heard in churches around the diocese, Father Castillo said.
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