The Mount again began the month of November, traditionally dedicated to the poor souls in purgatory, with two days of solemn liturgical celebrations. Actually the events began on the eve of Thursday October 31st with Vespers I of All Saint’s Day celebrated in the seminary’s St. Bernard’s Chapel. The next day a festive Holy Day Mass was celebrated in the afternoon honoring all of the heavenly elect, especially asking their intercession for us here on earth.
Then Saturday morning, November 2nd, Feast of All Soul’s, the Mount continued the ancient tradition renewed a few years ago of offering three Masses for the poor souls in purgatory. At 7:30 AM and 12 PM, the seminarians had the option of attending a Requiem Low Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite by Fr. Lee Gross, the Mount’s Dean of Men and liturgical expert. Additionally, at 9 AM the entire community was obliged to attend a solemn Mass in the Novus Ordo offered at the Grotto Shrine’s Glass Chapel. The yearly All Soul’s Day Mass at the Glass Chapel is a revered ritual at the Mount cherished by many seminarians each year.
Following the Mass at the Grotto, the seminary’s custom of processing as a community to the university’s cemetery was renewed where prayers were offered for the dead, particularly those deceased members of the Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and University community.