News & Events
Oct 24, 2017
All Souls' Day
A Funeral Mass is the greatest act and offering that we can do for the deceased. It is a great act of love and prayer. The life of a deceased person does not end in this world; the soul of who they are lives on. After parting from the body, the soul continues on a journey.
Upon their death to this world, our beloved ones are helpless to assist themselves on their way to eternal life in heaven. They depend on us. Although we might like to think they are instantly in heaven, we do not know that for certain, so we pray for them and for their journey onward to heaven. The primary and most important purpose of a funeral Mass is to help the deceased with our prayers, as well as offering Mass on their behalf.
Secondly, though still very important, is that a Funeral helps the living to grieve, mourn, and to come to terms with their loss. It helps them to ‘pay their last respects’ and move toward a place of acceptance of, and completion with, death.
It is not only the deceased who benefit from our prayers and the celebration of the Eucharist. We too will receive Graces as we offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, serve with love, through prayer, and as we care for those at the end of life, their families, and the souls of the faithful departed. Graces we ourselves will need on our final journey home.
For “…in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria