I received a note that there will be a Sung Requiem Mass in the traditional form of the Roman Rite for the one month mark for the repose of the soul of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday 12 March at 12 Noon at St. Rita’s in Alexandria, VA.
You may know that it is traditional to celebrated Masses on certain “minding” days after someone’s death. Typically a Requiem is offered at the 30 day mark and 1 year after. Masses are also traditionally offered on the day of death itself or when the news of death arrives, on the 3rd day after and the 7th day after death. When counting these days we can count from the day of death or burial without including the day of death or burial in the count. So, if Joe Bagofdonuts goes to the Lord on Monday 5 June, we start counting from Tuesday 6 June.
The “mind” Mass tradition is quite ancient. The very early Apostolic Constitution speaks of the third day after death because that is how long Christ was in the tomb. St. Augustine and St. Ambrose mention them as established custom already in the 4th and 5th c. St. Ambrose in De fide resurrectionis writes: “Nunc quoniam die septem ad sepulchrum redimus, qui dies symbolum futurae quietis est … Now since on the seventh day, which day is the symbol of future repose, we return to the tomb.” Ambrose also wrote of the 30th day in his work on the death of the Emperor Theodosius: “Quia alii tertium diem et trigesimum; alii septimum et quadragesimum observare consueverunt, quid doceat lectio consideremus … Since some have been accustomed to keep the third and the thirtieth day; others the seventh and the fortieth; let us consider what the lesson teaches.” And of course we have many instances of sermons on the anniversaries or feasts of the deaths of martyrs.
Pray for the dead, consider the Four Last Things daily and…
GO TO CONFESSION.