Saturday, July 19, 2014

R.I.P. Aunty Florence

This morning my Aunt Florence was buried after several weeks of hospitalization and hospice. She died early Wednesday morning at age 85.

I am really disappointed that the Traditional Requiem Mass was not said for the repose of her soul as her funeral. Even though she was buried out of her home parish, she, like all Catholics in good standing, are entitled to a Requiem Mass after death.

Obviously there were several liturgical abuses, including a blue porcelain chalice. She grew up with the TLM as a convert from my Protestant paternal grandfather (who was married three times) and married with the Traditional Nuptial Mass. Even though she went along with the Vatican II liturgical revolution, she was a solid Catholic nurse who would not even dare to kill a patient or fetus.

In the lobby of this historic church (designed by Patrick Keely's son-in-law Patrick W. Ford), there were several historical photos, including one of a priest celebrating the TLM on the old high altar that no longer exists. The sanctuary area looked like a dump.

Either way, it was not my call to make the funeral arrangements. However, I hope a priest somewhere in the world can say a Requiem Mass for her at a later date.

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Anima ejus et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.