Rorate Caeli

Traditional Mass for All Souls on Sunday? Possible

The Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" responded to a question sent by an Italian layman on whether the Requiem Mass for Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed could be celebrated on a Sunday (as Nov. 2 fell on a Sunday this year), also considering the circumstances that the choir and musicians which would perform Mozart's Requiem during the Mass would only be able to be present on Sunday. The letter, dated Sep. 22, 2008, and signed by Mons. Camille Perl, Vice-President of the Commission, said that the celebration of the Mass for All Souls was possible on a Sunday. Perl affirmed that, "It seems logical to me that the celebration of the 'Commemoratio omnium Fidelium Defunctorum' be common for both forms of the Roman Rite".

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