But a requiem mass for one's own father must necessarily be unique in the most varied career of religious emotion.
One of its first duties was to sing a requiem mass over his remains.
The requiem mass is the "mass for the dead" and differs considerably from the ordinary mass.
A requiem mass in the Madeleine for victims of the war up to that date was a most impressive service.
When Roma came to full possession of herself after the requiem mass, the cortège was on its way to the cemetery.
As celebrant of the requiem mass Father Agnew, in cape and stole, chanted the versicles and gave the absolutions.
In the morning, all the priests and clerks of the country round gathered, at his request, and sang a requiem mass before the tomb.
In addition to these works he has written a great "requiem mass," and many smaller works.
In the magnificent abbey of Alcobaça the requiem mass was sung, and the corpse finally laid to rest.
The project of a requiem mass was of particular interest to him; it comes to the fore frequently.
"mass for repose of the soul of the dead," c.1300, from Latin requiem, accusative singular of requies "rest (after labor), repose," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + quies "quiet" (see quiet (adj.)). It is the first word of the Mass for the Dead in the Latin liturgy: Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine .... ["Grant them eternal rest, O Lord ...."]
In music, a Mass for one or more dead persons, containing biblical passages and prayers for the admission of the dead to heaven. The term has been loosely applied to other musical compositions in honor of the dead. A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, for example, uses texts from the Bible but is not a Mass.