Offer a mass for the living as well as for the dead

18th November 2023

Of all the good deeds we can do for our deceased, the Church recommends the celebration of Mass as the most beautiful gift to offer for this intention. As a matter of fact, « from the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead » (CCC 1032).