I had forgotten that the ''Latin Mass'' Society are having their annual '62ist Pontifical liturgy for the Dead this week. Naturally I shall refute their liturgical heresy by not going...
St Magnus the Martyr, however, are doing something far more appropriate. On Wednesday 10th November, at 6:30pm, they are having Solemn Vespers for the Dead with the Funeral Sentences from the Book of Common Prayer, set by Thomas Tompkins. The setting for Vespers is plainsong, arranged by Francis Burgess with Fa-burden arrangements by Viadana. An opportunity, as a friend of mine put it, to sample some of the finest music, ever. Refreshments will follow of course.
Why would such an occasion, arranged by a Trad Catholic parish, nearly always be the Roman Eucharistic Liturgy? What's wrong with having just one Mass a day and then having some other part of the Sacred Liturgy for the benefit of those who could not attend the Mass at the liturgically appropriate time in the day?
Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.