His Excellency Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino will be the celebrant.
The music will be Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Requiem for 4 voices.
This morning already I was out with one of the guys buying purple fabric for the canopy and throne and, I hope, sedilia.
Eager beaver carpenters have made a new canopy for the bishop’s throne.
Alas, I couldn’t find a black rug.
We have our black candle set for the altar and for the catafalque.
Slowly but surely getting everything set up. We also have a black set of pontifical vestments, except for the black gremial.
Catafalque by catafalque!
Anything worth doing is worth over-doing.
Last night His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, celebrated a Pontifical Requiem at the Throne for All Souls with the intention of the deceased priests and bishops of the Diocese.
The chapel was full and there were 10 priests in choir. We made sure that they had the candles at the right moments.
His Excellency decided to preach before the Absolution. For those of you who do not know, for a Requiem Mass it is proper to preach after Mass rather than after the Gospel.
All in all, it was a worthy endeavor. We prayed for the dead. The music was well performed. The ceremonies went fairly smoothly. The team of servers did a great job. It was a fine Mass for a good intention.
In Madison there is a diocesan wide effort to build a fund to support the formation of future priests. It is especially fitting to remember the priests of the past as we plan for priests for the future.