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Offline cassini

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A question on Mass.
« on: May 24, 2022, 03:31:19 PM »
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  • I have a simple question.

    Would attending a Mass for a deceased person by more effective than having a Mass said for them without attending it?

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    Re: A question on Mass.
    « Reply #1 on: May 24, 2022, 04:34:35 PM »
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  • Hello,

    I assume when you say "attending Mass for a deceased person" you mean that the Priest is not actually offering Mass for that person, but accepted a stipend and is actually offering the Mass for a different intention.

    It would be best to do at the same time both of the things you propose: have a Mass offered the repose of the deceased person, and you attend that Mass.


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    Re: A question on Mass.
    « Reply #2 on: May 24, 2022, 06:34:07 PM »
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  • No.  Your attendance at any Mass does not make the Mass more or less effective.

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    Re: A question on Mass.
    « Reply #3 on: May 24, 2022, 09:35:07 PM »
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  • Effective = efficacious in bring forth graces?


    Assisting at the Holy Sacrifice for the repose of the soul of dead person is efficacious for the person's soul and for you.

    The soul of the dead person benefits as does the soul of those who assisted at Mass, especially having received the Holy Eucharist.

    Paying the stipend for a requiem Mass is an act of charity and would bring forth graces too, perhaps more indirectly.

    By not assisting in prayers and the actual Sacrifice of that Mass, it would be less efficacious.

    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi