Detail from the Missal of Eberhard von Greiffenklau

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Solemn High Mass with Faure's Requiem on All Souls' Day
2018 October 23 by Fr. David Friel

Missa Solemnis to be offered at St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC

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A Requiem on All Souls Day at St. Patrick's Cathedral
2017 October 27 by Richard J. Clark

This work is based on the Gregorian Chants of the Requiem Mass. It was directly inspired by the Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the 2012 Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The Spirit of All Souls’ Day
2017 October 22 by Fr. David Friel

A thought from Dietrich von Hildebrand

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Four Real Reasons for Roman Catholic Funerals
2017 February 24 by Richard J. Clark

The real purpose of a Roman Catholic funeral is not what most people think.

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Will All Men Be Saved?
2017 February 19 by Fr. David Friel

Hope vs. Certainty

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A Midlife Crisis and My Funeral
2015 December 04 by Richard J. Clark

At my funeral, please pray for my soul. Please don’t “celebrate my life” (do that after…) or “celebrate my resurrection.” Pray.

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Preparing Funeral Liturgies
2015 January 04 by Fr. David Friel

Who Should Pick the Readings?

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Wakes in Church & Funerals at the Parlor
2014 November 02 by Fr. David Friel

A Dramatic Reversal

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All Souls — gave hope to me, too.
2014 October 31 by Richard J. Clark

Do not miss the opportunities of All Souls Day, especially as it falls on a Sunday.

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Living with Uncertainty
2014 January 03 by Richard J. Clark

But blessings come and go. Crosses are plentiful. Uncertainty makes life scary. But, no matter who you are, rich or poor, lowly sinner or saint, these words are prayed (hopefully sung) in the funeral mass: “In Paradisum…”

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It's What We Do
2013 December 18 by Andrew R. Motyka

Explaining how to handle death at so many funerals.

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Funerals and Last Things
2013 November 11 by Veronica Brandt

Having stable, familiar, unchanging plans in place can be very reassuring, rather than the pressure to be original and creative.

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Black Vestments & Wisdom From Wives
2013 November 05 by Jeff Ostrowski

Following the Second Vatican Council, black vestments aren’t usually worn because they’re considered too “spooky and scary.”

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Inspired by the Gregorian Chant propers of the Requiem Mass, Richard J. Clark’s “Requiem pour une américaine à Paris” was recently featured on “Sounds from the Spires” on SIRIUS XM 129 Radio, The Catholic Channel, hosted by Dr. Jennifer Pascual, Director of Music of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.

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Requiem pour une américaine à Paris
2013 July 26 by Richard J. Clark

One of the most powerful spiritual experiences I ever had was the Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the 2012 Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City. Many of the liturgies at the Colloquia have shaken me to the core; I have been overwhelmed with an unspeakable sense of awe, mystery, and joy.

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