Friday, 25 January 2013
Requiem for My Mother
Yesterday we offered Requiem Mass in the Novus Ordo for my mother, who died on January 14 of this year. It was offered ad orientem and with the Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Missa de Angelis, and with the traditional Pater Noster. I am very grateful to Father Brown (of Forest Murmurs) for his help in arranging the Mass, and to my brother priests -Canon Barrass and Fr Dodds –who came to offer Mass with us. The organist and the few singers who came to support us –some from the choir loft and two or three from within the congregation- did a tremendous job in leading the singing of de Angelis, and I am very grateful for their attendance. Most of all I am grateful to God for having blest me, my brothers and my sisters with a wonderful woman for our mother; one who spent her life putting herself aside for us, truly living out the Holy Sacrifice of the Faith she so loved. For priests, our earthly mothers are the most important lady in our lives after the Mother of God, so I will miss her greatly, but I have confidence in Our Lord and Our Lady that her self-sacrificing ways will be repaid a hundred-fold by God. As I say in every funeral I celebrate: may her sins be forgiven, and the goodness of her life rewarded. Requiescat in Pace.