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Ian wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • I really want to know what a Libera Mass is, and when is it done?
  • Do the priests all have to wear black to symbolize sorrow?


  { What is a Libera Mass, when is it done, and do the priests have to wear black? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Ian —

I'm not familiar with the term.

  • Are you perhaps thinking of a Requiem Mass?

— RC

Mike replied:

Hi, Ian —

We are not familiar with the term.

The only thing I found on Wikipedia, that was close to the word you asked about, were these entries that talk about a related term. Maybe this is what you wanted.


  • Libera Me [New Advent]

    Libera me, Libera me (Deliver me) is a Roman Catholic responsory that is sung in the Office of the Dead and at the absolution of the dead, a service of prayers for the dead said by the coffin immediately after the Requiem Mass and before burial. The text of Libera Me asks God to have mercy upon the deceased person at the Last Judgment. In addition to the Gregorian chant in the Roman Gradual, many composers have written settings for the text, including Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Duruflé and David Maslanka.

  • Libera (music)

    Libera is a non-profit all-boy English vocal group directed by Robert Prizeman. Most members come from the parish choir of St. Philip's, Norbury, in South London. The albums, tours and TV appearances they do as Libera are in addition to their regular singing as part of the full choir of men and boys at parish choral services. They come from a variety of backgrounds in the London area, attending many different schools, including local state schools, church schools and performing arts schools. Libera recruits boys from any religious denomination and even those with no religious affiliations. Most join between the ages of seven and ten, however older boys may join if they have the appropriate singing abilities.

  • Requiem: Libera Me

    Musical Requiem settings sometimes include passages from the "Absolution at the bier" (Absolutio ad feretrum) or "Commendation of the dead person" (referred to also as the Absolution of the dead), which in the case of a funeral, follows the conclusion of the Mass.

Maybe you can clarify what you are looking for.

You said:
Do the priests all have to wear black to symbolize sorrow?

This posting should address your question:


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