Detail from the Missal of Eberhard von Greiffenklau
Missa Solemnis to be offered at St. John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC
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.
A thought from Dietrich von Hildebrand
The real purpose of a Roman Catholic funeral is not what most people think.
Hope vs. Certainty
At my funeral, please pray for my soul. Please don’t “celebrate my life” (do that after…) or “celebrate my resurrection.” Pray.
Who Should Pick the Readings?
A Dramatic Reversal
Do not miss the opportunities of All Souls Day, especially as it falls on a Sunday.
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…”
Explaining how to handle death at so many funerals.
Having stable, familiar, unchanging plans in place can be very reassuring, rather than the pressure to be original and creative.
Following the Second Vatican Council, black vestments aren’t usually worn because they’re considered too “spooky and scary.”
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.