This is so very sad - but SSPX does a Mass of Christian Burial?
What happened to the Requiem Mass?
I didn't notice that. Hopefully it was just the secretary at the funeral home who was so used to typing 'Mass of Christian Burial' or didn't know the difference.
Surely the SSPX would do the Requiem Mass.
The secretary doing the typing could have thought that "Requiem Mass"
was a typo. If there was nobody proofing the copy, you get what you
get? And the current SSPX isn't going to bother giving words of
correction to the funeral home because the new direction of the Society
is to be NOT militant, not to 'stir up' trouble, and "Can't we all just get
You know, like Rodney King said? We should be glad that she
(or he) managed to squeeze in the word "Mass." Hey, maybe there WAS
an SSPX priest proofing the copy, or maybe this "Mass of Christian burial"
was actually HIS IDEA, to replace "Requiem Mass" in the first draft. I
wouldn't be too shocked to hear that. Anyone who attends the Mass will
have a better idea of the full scope of the situation, especially if there is
a 'eulogy' included before, during or after the Mass in the context of
the church where the Mass is offered. There should be no eulogy inside
the Church -- the place for that is at the gravesite after the burial
prayers, or at any meeting that occurs after that such as the 'reception'
if there is one. When JFK's Requiem Mass was offered in 1963, there
was no eulogy inside the Church, because it simply was never done.
When Pope John XXIII's Requiem Mass was offered there was no eulogy
inside the Church, because it just was not done, not ever.
In any event, the main focus here is that we pray for the repose of the
soul of this model Catholic mother and wife. That's what a Requiem Mass
is all about. It's rather noteworthy that her Requiem will be offered
during the Octave of All Saints' Day, when a plenary indulgence is
attached to the visitation to a cemetery under the usual conditions.