Offering Gregorian Masses for the deceased dates back to Pope Gregory the
Great (540-604). According to the legend, when Gregory was a monk, a fellow monk died and appeared to one of the monks saying that he was suffering excruciating agony in purgatory and asked for 30 Masses to be celebrated for the release of his soul. The monk agreed but lost track of the number of Masses he said for this intention. Around a month later the deceased monk once again appeared, but this time radiant in heavenly glory and thanked him for the Masses which had released him from his suffering. Quickly the monks got together and figured out that the 30th Mass had just been completed the very moment he appeared.
Few people are ready for heaven immediately after death, and the Mass has infinite intercessory power for these souls. Thus, a request for such a series of Masses is a spiritual act of mercy obtaining a plenary indulgence on behalf of the deceased.
The Masses need not be said by the same priest at the same altar. If a priest who has accepted the obligation of the series finds that he must break the series for a reasonable cause (e.g., the celebration of a funeral or a wedding etc.) the priest must complete the 30 Masses as soon as possible, but need not begin the series anew. For this reason, Gregorian Masses are usually celebrated where priests have fewer strictly pastoral commitments such as in monasteries, seminaries, priestly houses of studies and retirement homes, and most especially in the Missions.
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c/o San Diego Office for the Missions
3888 Paducah Drive, San Diego, CA 92117
Tel. (858) 490-8250
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