Thursday, April 19, 2012


This proves that one can have a true Requiem in the Ordinary Form:
As many have commented, in many places Requiem Masses have become anything but a prayer for the faithful departed's commendation to God's merciful judgement. It has become a celebration of life and a canonization that would make the pope blush!

It need not be that way in the Ordinary Form. The program above from England proves that and this is an Ordinary Form Mass.

At Saint Joseph Church we mandate the chanting of the following:

1. Official Requiem Introit for the Ordinary Form (a processional hymn can also be chosen appropriate for a Requiem).

2. Official Offertory Antiphon (an additional preparation hymn appropriate for a Requiem can be chosen).

3. Official Communion Antiphon (an additional communion chant can be chosen).

4. Official Song of Farewell (there are three options in the Ordinary Form's official choices).

5. In Paradisum (no other choice) in English or Latin

Options that are allowed are: Requiem Gradual in place of the Responsorial Psalm and the Dies Irae as a Sequence before the Gospel.

In addition we now allow the family to choose the color of vestments from the three choices allowed, Black, Violet or White.


ytc said...

You should also restrict vestment color choice to black or violet, and make the preference of black known.

Anonymous said...

The last couple of (Novus Ordo) requiem Massrd I've attended have been celebrated in black vestments, but with the Dies Irae chanted after communion, instead of as a sequence preceding the Gospel.

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. I like how there is choice, but not too many, for the sake of reverence and respect for the liturgy.

At the very mention of changing the Dies Irae, the very thought of having the likes of "On Eagle's Wings" sung at any Requiem Mass makes me sad.


Socrate d'Aquin said...

I never understood: is it lawful to sing the Dies Irae in the Ordinary form's requiem mass ?
Great article by the way.

Unknown said...

I'm really not sure about the liceity of using Dies Irae as the Sequence in the Ordinary Form - however, I'm fairly certain that Dies Irae can be licitly used as a Processional, Communion or Recessionao hymn no problemo.