Rorate Caeli

Mozart's Requiem where it is supposed to be heard, a Requiem Mass
Also on November 6, in New York

In 2002, Fr. Bernward Deneke, FSSP, a gifted musician, celebrated a Requiem Mass in Poznań, Poland, for the soul of composer W. A. Mozart, and Mozart's own setting for the Mass - Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) - was played.

Gloria TV has a recording of the event, for your meditation this weekend:


Unfortunately, this is not such a common occurrence: Mozart's Requiem being used for its real purpose, as musical setting for a Mass according to the Traditional Roman Missal. Fortunately for anyone who will be in or near New York next Wednesday, it will be possible to be present in a Holy Mass in which the piece will be in its intended place and occasion, a Church and during a Mass for the Dead. The Mass will be celebrated in the Church of St. Agnes, on November 6, at 6:30 PM.
The Mass is sponsored by the Catholic Artists Society, the New York Purgatorial Society, and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny and it will be offered for the souls of deceased family members and friends of the three societies. Father Leonard Villa of the Archdiocese of New York will be celebrant; Father Richard Munkelt of the Diocese of Scranton will act as deacon.

(We have received news of other such Masses on All Souls' Day, at Holy Rosary, in Indianapolis; and at the Assumption Grotto, in Michigan.)