I'm using my brother's wireless today, and I have lots of news.
Firstly, They are having a high mass of requiem on All Souls Day, November 2nd at 7:00 PM. Tell your friends and spread the news!This'll be the first non-novus ordo requiem I'll have attended in about two or three years. I'm wondering if there will be unbleached candles.
Also, we're having a parish mission on the 26th-27th. The last one was great, Hopefully this year's preacher will be as good as the last one.
Last week I started my aspirancy with These Guys. I spent the weekend at the monastery. It was great, cold weather and a rather unfriendly pet cat notwithstanding.I was given a tour of both the monastery and S.Charles' seminary on City Line ave. Both have wonderful libraries.
These Guys now have weekly solemn vespers using the Liber Usualis. I went on the feast of the Maternity of the B.V.M., and it was good, if a bit shaky. Somehow, I forgot to bring my Liber with me, but I'll bring it next time.
And speaking of chant,I learned some of the requiem propers and the propers for Christ the King. Both have rather simple introits, but the gradual of the requiem mass threw me off halfway through.
And getting back to the main topic, I have questions for anyone who might know the answers:
1) Is it permissible to have reliquaries on the altar during a sung requiem, or do they have to be removed? What about flowers?
2)Is the catafalque obligatory for requiems on all souls day, or is it just optional?
3)If not, do you still have the absolution after mass, even without the catafalque?