BASIC R.C. BELIEF
A special celebration of the Mass for the death, either at the funeral or
on some anniversary of their death.
Msgr. O'Sullivan, in EXTERNALS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, says, "The soul,
when it has been separated from its body, may need help from its friends
who remain on earth. Its time for meriting is over, but it may obtain merit
through the prayers and good works of those who are still able to acquire
merit, and particularly through the petitions of the Church in the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass. Children (of the Church) should be buried with a
Mass. This is not only the most solemn way in which they may receive her
final blessing, but also the most efficacious for their soul's salvation."
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