I hope everyone is doing well this fine day!
So for today- I will be doing a bit of news-jacking. I love finding these tidbits in the news about Latin being used in everyday life, for historic events, or even old traditions kindling anew.
In today’s news, a Requiem Mass in the traditional Latin form is to be offered at a Catholic church in Lancashire to mark the re-interment of King Richard III. “The idea [of the requiem mass in Latin] is that it will be closer to what he might have experienced in his own lifetime, as a pre-reformation Catholic,” said parish priest Fr Simon Henry.
For those of you who don’t know-The skeleton of Richard III was found under a car park in Leicester in 2012. In the days before the re-interment service at Leicester Cathedral, the coffin will be taken to Leicester University and Bosworth Field, where the king was was killed in battle.
If you are interested in learning more about how Richard III was found and the details behind his death and burial, you may want to check out the University of Leicester’s YouTube channel:
A Requiem or Requiem Mass, also known as Mass for the dead (Latin: Missa pro defunctis) or Mass of the dead (Latin: Missa defunctorum), is a Mass in the Catholic Church offered for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral. In the case of Richard III, this is a re-interment of his soul and for a proper burial.
If you are interested as to what a Requiem Mass may sound like; it is beautiful in my opinion-check it out below. You can even follow along with the text I provide below [ note this video only goes to about the end of section 3]
The following Latin Mass translation and words were taken from requiemsurvey.org