Saturday, November 5, 2011


These photos taken by Dr. Buck Melton, Writer in Residence at Mercer University, are in no particular order, but you can figure it out. This is our Solemn Sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form for All Souls' Day. Father Dawid Kwiatkowski is the Deacon and Deacon Donald Coates is the Sub-deacon. Please note our scroll of the dead which our parishioner Cathy Shiftlet does for us each year. It contains the names of those who died in our parish since November 1st of last year. There is an additional book for people to write other names of the faithful departed they wish to remember. These remain in the church through Christ the King Sunday. I'm always startled to see how many funerals we have each year here! Fortunately our baptisms outnumber the funerals!



Seeker said...

Wow! such reverence and beauty. Breathe-taking photos. Sorry i missed It. See y'all this weekend though!

Anonymous said...

Indeed beautiful, reverant and solemn. The black vestments are so appropriate for this day in the liturgical calendar. I am surious Father, when you are with a group of Priests and speack "things liturgical" do you encourage your brothers to use black as well or query them on their use? What reaction or responses do you get?

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I've never encouraged anyone to use black but I have pointed out that it remains an option in the USA for All Souls and for funeral Masses. Fr. Dawid our Polish priest says, though, that violet is the color of choice in Poland and most of Europe even for funerals, white is not used. We did a very good job in the 1970's of telling people white was better than black for funerals and most people now associate black in a negative light and don't want it for their funerals. But white is a legitimate choice as is violet or black.

Rood Screen said...

Interestingly, the 2002 Latin IGMR only permits violet or black for requiem Masses. My understanding is that Vatican II permitted other colors where these are the traditional color of mourning, such as white in parts of Asia: "81. The rite for the burial of the dead should express more clearly the paschal character of Christian death, and should correspond more closely to the circumstances and traditions found in various regions. This holds good also for the liturgical color to be used."

The 2002 Latin edition (which differs from the USA edition) of the IGMR says:
346. ...Color ALBUS adhibetur in Officiis et Missis temporis paschalis et Nativitatis Domini; insuper in celebrationibus Domini, quae non sint de eius Passione, beatae Mariae Virginis, SS. Angelorum, Sanctorum non Martyrum, in sollemnitatibus Omnium Sanctorum (1 nov.) et S. Ioannis Baptistae (24 iunii), in festis S. Ioannis Evangelistae (27 dec.), Cathedrae S. Petri (22 febr.) et Conversionis S. Pauli (25 ian.). [Nothing about Masses for the dead.]
Color RUBER...[N/A]
Color violaceus adhibetur tempore Adventus et Quadragesimae. Assumi potest etiam in Officiis et [N.B.] Missis defunctorum.
Color NIGER adhiberi potest, ubi mos est, in [N.B.] Missis defunctorum.