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A set of thirty Gregorian Masses is offered for the repose of the soul of a deceased loved one. This privilege was given to religious communities by Pope St Gregory the Great in the sixth century, and the time honored tradition of the celebration of the Gregorian Mass continues to this day by our Franciscan priests. Click to see the cover of this card.
In accordance with a Catholic tradition of over 1300 years, a series of Gregorian Masses is offered on 30 consecutive days for the repose of the soul of a departed person.
The name "Gregorian Mass" derives from the Catholic Pope Saint Gregory the Great who was the first to popularize this pious practice. St. Gregory relates in his Dialogues how, when he had finished the series of thirty Gregorian Masses for a departed monk, the monk appeared to tell how he had thus gained entry into glory on completion of the thirtieth Gregorian Mass.
The hallowed tradition has been declared a pious and reasonable belief of the faithful on the authority of the Sacred Roman Congregation on Indulgences. The customary offering for the uninterrupted series of thirty consecutive Masses (for one departed soul only) is an offering of $300, which is a suggested $10 stipend per Mass.
The Franciscan Friars, TOR, serve in seventeen countries worldwide. The Province of the Immaculate Conception in the United States has a strong bond with the TOR Province in Paraguay, as we helped found that Province fifty years ago. Friars from our community have also served in Italy Bangladesh, and South Africa. Each month we send Masses which our friars in the US cannot fulfill to the friars in the TOR Missions. This practice helps sustain the missions and our international ministries, and provides support for their work on behalf of the poor.