The Requiem Mass

for the intentions of the faithful departed

Mass Intentions


To Request a Mass


We've made it easy for you to send us your Mass intentions and stipends.  Just go to our MASS REQUEST PAGE and fill out the form.


Monthly Requiem


November 27, 2015





To Join the Guild


Joining the Guild of All Souls provides many graces and benefits for the your departed loved ones.  These include perpetual remembrance at our Monthly Requiem Masses and the daily prayers of our priests and other members. Joining the Guild is easy. Just go to our MEMBERSHIP PAGE and fill out the form.



The Bead List


When you join the Guild you will be asked to provide the names of those faithful departed for whom you wish your fellow-members to pray. These names are added to our Bead List, an ancient and traditional name referring to the praying of the beads or Rosary.  The names you add become deceased members of the Guild.  We pray daily for the repose of their souls, and they are remembered regularly at our Masses and Divine Office.  Each month a Requiem Mass is said by our priests for the intentions of all our deceased members.  Additionally, you may have a Mass said for only those deceased members on your personal Bead List.  To have a Mass offered, go to our MASS INTENTIONS PAGE and fill out the form.

Prayer Books


The Requiem Mass and Funeral Rites

$18.95 with free shipping
  • Meeting the Body at the Church
  • The Funeral Mass
  • The Absolution
  • The Burial Service
  • The Propers for the several Requiem Masses
  • Various Prayers for the Dead

This booklet will be available shortly.  Please contact us for more details.



The Office of the Dead

$18.95 with free shipping
  • Vespers, Matins & Lauds from the Office of the Dead
  • The Little Hours of the Dead from All Souls Day
  • The Collects of the Dead

To purchase this booklet link here to our online bookstore, Confraternity Books, for more details and to place your order.

Alternatively, the Office of the Dead is available online as part of our Breviary subscription service.  If you already have a subscription to the Breviary Online, you can access the Office of the Dead on that website.  If you do not yet have a subscription, click here to register and participate in the Church's official prayer.

Mass of the Dead

A Requiem, or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead (Latin: Missa pro defunctis) is named after the first word of the Introit, Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine--Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord.  It is a Mass offered for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral.

Although mostly similar to other Masses, a Requiem Mass differs in several ways.  Some parts that are of relatively recent origin are omitted.  Examples are the psalm Judica me at the start of Mass, the prayer said by the priest before reading the Gospel (or the blessing of the deacon, if a deacon reads it) and the first of the two prayers of the priest for himself before receiving Communion.  Other omissions include the use of incense at the Introit and the Gospel, the kiss of peace, lit candles held by acolytes when a deacon chants the Gospel, and blessings. There is no Gloria in excelsis Deo and no recitation of the Creed; the Alleluia chant before the Gospel is replaced by a Tract, as in Lent; and the Agnus Dei is altered.  A sequence, Dies Iræ, is recited or sung between the Tract and the Gospel.  Ite missa est is replaced with Requiescant in pace (May they rest in peace); the Deo gratias response is replaced with "Amen".  The obligatory liturgical colour of the vestments is black.

The Collects, Epistle and Gospel at the Requiem Mass vary according to the occasion on which the Mass is to be offered.  The Collects may also vary according to the ecclesiastical rank of the departed for whom the Mass is offered, or according to his gender, his relationship to the celebrant, or other factors.  On this website, we provide the complete Mass texts for each variable, so that you may conveniently follow the Mass from your smartphone.



Said on the day of death or burial (and on the day of receiving the news of a death) of a lay person or cleric who is not a Priest.


Said on the third, seventh, and thirtieth day after either the death or burial. These Masses are sometimes referred to as the Third Day's Mind, the Week's Mind, and the Month's Mind.


Said on each anniversary after either the death or burial, and are referred to as the Year's Mind.


Said on any day when a Votive Mass is permitted. It may be offered for the Departed in general, or for some specified person or persons.  At least three Collects are said at this Mass.


First Mass
Second Mass
Third Mass