Monday, November 24, 2014

Requiem Mass for U.S. President Kennedy

At the request of the family, it was a Low Mass.

Cathedral of St. Matthew, just a short walk from the White House.  

Cardinal Cushing of Boston in his red buckled shoes.

The U.S. bishops were in Rome for the Vatican Council and they held their own Solemn Requiem Mass for the President at the Lateran Archbasilica with Cardinal Spellman.  

Thanks for the pic, Summer!


  1. A black vimp! Nice touch.

  2. A low Mass? What a shame. A Requiem Missa Cantata would have had the plaintive Sub Venite and Requiem Introit, the chanted Dies Irae for sequence, the Liberasti Me and In Paradisum at the end. What the "Catholic Kennedys" missed for preferring the quick, efficient low Mass, [reportedly, even on Sundays.] Sad.
    Now, contrast that with the impressive Extraordinary Form Requiem Mass for the late Philippine President Corazon Aquino just a few years ago. [Search the YouTube] It had an all-male Scola Cantorum doing the Propers and the congregation chanting the Ordinary. It was a most apt send-off for a Catholic head of state, albeit a retired one.

  3. That would be the and out short Mass short sermon.

  4. I think it was a Missa Cantata.

    Dies Irae was omitted at Cardinal Spellman funeral (1967).