For the Priest’s Parents

A friend of mine pointed out a votive Mass to me today that I had not seen before, which he found in his Extraordinary Form Missal. It is the Mass for the priest’s deceased parents.

(Thankfully, my parents are living. But I know many priests whose parents have already gone to God. What a grace for a priest to be able to offer Mass for his parents!)

A screenshot of the Extraordinary Form prayers is above. Now, my initial reaction upon hearing of this Mass was: bummer, another Mass that I bet did not make it into the Ordinary Form Missal. Imagine my surprise, then, when I found that not only was it in the section of Masses for the Dead, but it was translated verbatim from the Extraordinary Form – not the least bit of tinkering (unlike so many of the other prayers that “made it”)!

So priests may offer this Mass in either form of the Roman liturgy for their deceased parents. Here is a screen shot of the Novus Ordo prayers — which, for those who do not know Latin, faithfully translate the text that is above:


May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace! Amen.

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