WO BIG DAYS are coming up. We will be celebrating the Feast of All Saints and the Commemoration for All Souls on Sunday and Monday. Both of these days are closely related to the Church, the body of Christ. On Sunday, we will celebrate the feast of the Church in Heaven with glorious and solemn music. And on Monday, we will pray for our brothers and sisters in purgatory by observing the extra sacred silence in the Liturgy. About a month ago, I uploaded a list of hymns for Catholic Funerals which you might find useful if you are planning a sung Mass on All Souls Day.
WOULD LIKE TO share another great resource here. A very impressive booklet has been published online by my friends, Fr. Charles Byrd and Bridget Scott. The name of the booklet is An American Requiem. It is a guide that helps priests, musicians and the families of the deceased to plan the funeral. The booklet is not meant to be a “Church Document”, but a useful guide and explanation of the Catholic funeral. The booklet explains the spirituality of the Requiem Mass in light of the Tradition of the Church and it discusses some of the “special musical features” of the funeral. This table of content may interest you:
The PDF of the booklet is free for download:
THINK this booklet is very well-done academically, theologically, pastorally and artistically. It is a great resource for priests and church musicians. Please feel free to email Bridget Scott if you have any feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org