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“Sacred music, being a complementary part of the solemn liturgy, participates in the general scope of the liturgy, which is the glory of God and the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It contributes to the decorum and the splendor of the ecclesiastical ceremonies, and since its principal office is to clothe with suitable melody the liturgical text proposed for the understanding of the faithful, its proper aim is to add greater efficacy to the text, in order that through it the faithful may be the more easily moved to devotion and better disposed for the reception of the fruits of grace belonging to the celebration of the most holy mysteries.”
— Pope Saint Pius X

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Evelyn Waugh Requiem Panegyric Preached At Westminster By Fr. Caraman (21 April 1966)
published 11 August 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

E HAVE MENTIONED Fr. Philip Caraman before, and will have occasion to do so again, but today focus on Fr. Caraman’s dear friend, Evelyn Waugh. Here is the full text of the panegyric (public speech) preached by Fr Philip Caraman at Waugh’s Latin Requiem Mass in Westminster Cathedral on 21 April 1966:

    * *  Panegyric (Complete) • Preached By Fr. Philip Caraman

The Tablet article says this was preached by Fr. Caraman, but I thought Requiem Masses traditionally lacked a homily. Moreover, was this a eulogy? Were eulogies forbidden? Are they forbidden now? Didn’t Fr. George Rutler famously deliver a funeral eulogy for William F. Buckley in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral? Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

“He was sad when he read of churches in which the old altar was taken down and a table substituted, or of side altars abolished as private Masses were held to be unliturgical or unnecessary. With all who know something of the pattern of history, he was perturbed. It was a struggle to accept it all, but he did accept it, and with enviable fidelity.”

Remember: this was 1966, so the massive liturgical changes would not arrive for another half decade.

411 Philip Caraman



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