A beautiful Requiem Mass this morning for All Souls Day in the Basilica Chapel. Mass was in the Extraordinary Form (Latin).
The choir chanted a very moving “Die Irae” that gave me goose-bumps.
Father Lariviere spoke in his homily about the importance of praying for the dead, and how we hope that there will be someone praying for us after we die.
Why do we pray for the dead? As Catholics we understand that although Christ redeemed us by his death on the cross thereby making salvation possible, our salvation is an ongoing process that continues throughout our whole life. Since we are all sinners, even if we merit Heaven, we still have to undergo purification before we are ready to be in God’s presence .
We can help this process along for our loved ones by praying for them and gaining indulgences that can be applied to their cause.
Useful biblical references – 2 Macc 12:46, Matt 5:26, Lk 12:59, Rev 21:27.