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All Souls Day 2016 from Holy Innocents NYC the Mass.

There will be sung by Schola cantorum of Holy Innocents Church: Pedro d’Aquino, Music Director.

The Mass setting will be Manuel Cardoso’s Missa pro Defunctis a 6 (1625).

Rite of Absolution: Libera me by Cardoso

Non mortui qui sunt in inferno by Cardoso


–Taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Catholic teaching regarding prayers for the dead is bound up inseparably with the doctrine of purgatory and the more general doctrine of the communion of the saints, which is an article of the Apostle’s Creed. The definition of the Council of Trent (Sess. XXV), “that purgatory exists, and that the souls detained therein are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but especially by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar,” is merely a restatement in brief of the traditional teaching, which had already been embodied in more than one authoritative formula.

Second Ecumenical Council of Florence in 1439 [states]: “[We define] likewise, that if the truly penitent die in the love of God, before they have made satisfaction by worthy fruits of penance for their sins of commission and omission, their souls are purified by purgatorial pains after death; and that for relief from these pains they are benefitted by the suffrages of the faithful in this life, that is, by Masses, prayers, and almsgiving, and by the other offices of piety usually performed by the faithful for one another according to the practice of the Church (ibid., n. 588).”

As is clear from this general statement, the Church does not recognize the limitation upon which even modern Protestants often insist, that prayers for the dead, while legitimate and commendable as a private practice, are to be excluded from her public offices. The most efficacious of all prayers, in Catholic teaching, is the essentially public office, the Sacrifice of the Mass.



In traditional closing is chanted 

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Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine