From a reader…
I have heard that there is an ancient tradition in which a newly ordained priest offers either his first Mass or one of the following Masses for the souls of the faithful departed, specifically for his deceased family members.
I ask because I recently saw some photos of a newly ordained priest (Deo Gratias) from Brazil, offering his first Mass in the OF: black vestments, biretta, etc for the faithful departed.
If you have any insights, thoughts, or information on this, may I ask your opinion? Thank you in advance.
I don’t know how “ancient” that tradition would be, but, yes, there are variations of this practice. It could be a fitting start to priestly ministry.
As far as one of the first Masses being a Requiem is concerned: imagine a new priest, thinking with gratitude about the role that his deceased parents or grandparents and others played in bringing him to the altar. He would, quite properly, want to “return the favor” as it were.
At the same time, any Mass can be offered for the intention of the living or of the dead. A Mass celebrated for the intention of the deceased doesn’t have to be a Requiem Mass.
My hope is that, soon, all newly ordained priests will have the opportunity to celebrate their First Mass in the Extraordinary Form, and even solemnly.
If a newly ordained priest wants to celebrated a Solemn Mass, and were he able to get around a little bit, perhaps we of the TMSM could be of help.