When I was younger, there used to be a Mass said at the cemetery on All Souls Day, for the repose of the Holy Souls. It was a great practice and the Mass also prompted many people, who would otherwise stay away, to come and join in the ceremonies. Somewhere along the line, for reasons best known to God, it became a liturgy of the word. But still with the sound system, the prayers could still be heard throughout the cemetery and the people could join in. And then, it evolved into a para liturgy. And then, some years back, the priests + bishop just waltzes in, blesses their own pre assigned areas and leave. All this in the space of 15-20 years. But at least in previous years, all the graves we systematically blessed. If you stand next to a grave, sometimes, it gets even more than one blessing as priests who see you will drop by.
Talk about being pastoral. Yeah, yeah, I know that it does not have to be that way, the priest (Singular) can just stand in one spot and wave the Holy Water, but still with that many of them, could it not have been done right? Pastoral? Needs of the people, etc. So many things are justified in the name of being pastoral. But not in this case. Why? Perhaps they have something better to do than perform their priestly duty? I don’t know and I’m approaching the point of not really caring anymore. Should anyone raise the matter, they’ll get laughed off as being dense and not understanding Catholic theology.
I’m not sure it’s worth it to be buried in a Catholic cemetery anymore. At least, we can be reasonable sure that the old
Besides the fact that most funeral Masses are now mini canonization ceremonies, even All Souls, when we’re supposed to pray for the Church Suffering in Purgatory, is now becoming more and more about us and how we fell and relate than about the Holy Souls. How did we go so wrong?