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Gregorian Masses are a series of thirty Masses offered up on thirty consecutive days for the repose of the soul of one particular deceased person.

Having Masses offered for the living, deceased and for other intentions is a most powerful gift of infinite value.  Jesus commanded at the Last Supper, the first Mass, on the eve of His Passion: “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor 11:24-25)

“If we knew the value of the Mass, we would die of joy.”  “The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross.” (Saint Jean Vianney, The Cure d’Ars)

“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Perpetual Sacrifice, is the greatest of all suffrages for the Holy Souls.”  (Council of Trent)

“It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” (Saint Padre Pio)

“Oh, what awesome mysteries take place during Mass! A great mystery is accomplished in the Holy Mass.” (St. Faustina of the Divine Mercy)

“If we only knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single Mass.” “The heavens open and multitudes of angels come to assist in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” (St. Padre Pio, stigmatic priest)

The Church considers the Mass as the greatest prayer of intercession.

Please request any amount of Masses to be offered for the deceased, living or special intentions. A set of Thirty (30) consecutive Gregorian Masses (for a deceased person) or Thirty (30) Masses for a living person(s) or special intention(s) can be offered.  More detailed explanations on the tremendous infinite value of having Masses and Gregorian Masses offered are posted below this contact form.  We respect your privacy of information.

Your Mass Offerings will also help with the establishment of Eucharistic Adoration and priests in need.  The customary Mass Offering of a minimum of $10 per Mass is the same amount as the current suggested free-will Mass stipend for unannounced Masses in the diocese where our head office is located.

Our printed Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Mass cards have beautiful images of Monstrances on the front and back and our E-Mass card version plays Gregorian Chant.

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The Masses will be celebrated once your Mass offerings are received.

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THE TREMENDOUS INFINITE VALUE OF THE MASS

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:

The sacrifice of Christ (on the cross) and the sacrifice of the Eucharist (on the altar) are one single sacrifice: “The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.” “In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.” (No. 1367)

The Eucharist is the sacrifice of the Church, and this Church is — as St. Paul says — “the Body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:27). The sacrifice of Jesus, the Head of the Church, becomes the sacrifice of the members of His Body, the Church. What this means is that “the lives of the faithful,” as the Catechism says, “their praise, sufferings, prayer and work, are united with those of Christ and with His total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice, present on the altar, makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering” (1368).

Through the extraordinary value of the Mass, we unite ourselves with Christ because we are baptized into His life. We become with Him partakers, not only in the salvation gained on the cross, but also in the suffering endured on the cross. It is in this that we are co-redeemers with Christ and why true Christian spirituality fulfills what St. Paul wrote — and what we use at Mass — “if we die with the Lord we shall live with the Lord” (II Timothy 2:11).

The value of Mass — the memorial of His sacrifice — is infinite. It should be approached with awe and with reverence. As the Catechism points out, in harmony with ages past and with the Saints even into this time, the Eucharist is: “thanksgiving and praise to the Father; the sacrificial memorial of Christ and His Body; the Presence of Christ by the power of His word and of His Spirit” (cf Catechism of the Catholic Church 1358 ff).

GREGORIAN MASSES FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOULS OF THE DECEASED

WHAT ARE THEY AND WHERE CAN YOU HAVE THEM OFFERED?

Having Gregorian Masses offered is a practice founded by Pope St. Gregory the Great that became a tradition: 30 Masses are offered on 30 consecutive days without interruption for a specific soul in Purgatory.

The Sacred Congregation on Indulgences has declared that “the offering of Gregorian Masses has a special efficacy for obtaining from God the speedy deliverance of a suffering soul, and that this is a pious and reasonable belief of the faithful.”

THE FINAL PURIFICATION, OR PURGATORY

“All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

“The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

“As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1030-1031)

Note: The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclean will enter the presence of God in Heaven (Rev. 21:27) and, while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically venial sins and the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.

St. Augustine said, in The City of God, that “temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both now and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment” (21:13). It is between the particular and general judgments, then, that the soul is purified of the remaining consequences of sin: “I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper” (Luke 12:59).

 BENEFIT OF MASSES FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED

This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: ‘Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.’ From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead:

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1032)

HISTORY OF GREGORIAN MASSES

Pope St Greg wikipedia

Gregorian Masses derive their name from St. Gregory the Great, the first Benedictine Pope who ruled the Church from the year 590 to 604. Gregorian Masses are offered for thirty (30) consecutive days for the repose of the soul of a particular person.

St. Gregory was the first to have a series of Masses said for a departed soul. The event that started this pious practice took place while he was abbot of St. Andrew’s monastery in Rome, prior to his election to the papacy.

In the fourth book of his Dialogues, St. Gregory relates how one of the monks of his monastery, named Justus, did not keep his vow of poverty very well. When Justus died, St. Gregory feared that the good monk might have to spend a long time in Purgatory because of his failures with regard to poverty. He therefore ordered that the Holy Sacrifice be offered up for Justus for thirty consecutive days without a break. On the thirtieth day, Justus appeared to a brother monk telling him that he was now freed from his sufferings because of the thirty Masses St. Gregory had caused to be said for him.

PIOUS CUSTOM

Following St. Gregory’s example, Catholic people throughout the ages have continued the pious custom of having thirty Masses said for their departed relatives and friends.

The Church approves this tradition yet it is not an official institution in which the Church guarantees the soul will be rescued from Purgatory into Heaven by a specific date.

The Sacred Congregation on Indulgences has declared that “the offering of Gregorian Masses has a special efficacy for obtaining from God the speedy deliverance of a suffering soul, and that this is a pious and reasonable belief of the faithful.”

Gregorian Masses may be offered only for the dead. They can be offered only for one particular person. The Masses must be said on thirty consecutive days, and if the series is broken, the priest who assumed the obligation must start all over again.

Only the “big five” days are allowed to interrupt the thirty: These are Christmas, Easter, and the Holy Week Triduum.

A change of priests or of altar during the thirty days is not forbidden. Masses and prayers may be offered publicly for the same soul even long after the Thirty Masses is over and Catholic piety is inclined to do so.

If that soul has already been or is released from purgatory, the Masses could benefit other souls in need of prayers.

 OFFERING

The usual offering for a set of Gregorian Masses is the stipend for Thirty Masses, yet it does entail the serious obligation on the part of a priest to offer them without interruption. Thus, it can be difficult to find a priest able and willing to do so.

As the number of available priests is much reduced today, a busy parish could be declining requests for “the Thirty Masses,” since they must be said for a continuous 30 days without any break.

Due to the nature of Gregorian Masses (i.e. a priest being available to say 30 Masses on consecutive days), no specific dates can be determined locally as to the exact dates when any specific Gregorian Masses will be said by the priest who will be offering them in a Monastery, mission etc..

Your offering for 30 Gregorian Masses for the deceased, or any amount of Masses for the deceased, living or for special intentions, will support priests who rely on these stipends, the Church in need and the generation of more perpetual Eucharistic adoration.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

And let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace, Amen.

HOW TO ORDER SETS OF 30 GREGORIAN MASSES

Please request Masses through the contact form above or contact us.