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Preface: An Essay on Masses for the Dead and the Motives for Having Them Celebrated









The Motives for Having Them Celebrated.




Rev. (A.A.) Andrew Arnold Lambing



Although this book was written over 125 years ago what impressed us about its content were the specific enumerated motives Father Lambing set forward for praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. (Because of my fallen nature, my favorite was motive seven.)


For non-Catholic visitors to our site, don't be confused by the word "dead" in the book title. Catholics believe that after our journey on this earth, we are judged and born into eternal life. Our God is not the God of the dead but of the Living. Seeing that when Rev. Lambing lived on this earth his goal was to address the Church Militant and encourage them to pray for the Holy Souls, he used the term "Masses for the Dead" to refer to those Holy Masses the Church Militant, on earth, would be encouraged to offer up for the dead or departed, from a worldly/secular view. Today the Church uses a more popular term for "the dead"; "the faithful departed".


The language in the web pages that make up this on-line book at times are a little archaic. Nevertheless, we wanted to stick to the original words of the author.


One last point: Seeing this was written over 125 years, the reader has to read and comprehend what Rev. Lambing has said within the times and culture of the 1880's. At that time, for teaching and instruction, the Catechism of the Council of Trent was the norm.


Over time the Church, doesn't mutate, but clarifies and elaborates on her teachings for the good of each new generation and culture. For this reason, I can say with confidence that Rev. Lambing along with us would recommend that we read what he has written within the light of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which was promulgated by Pope Paul II in 1994. We have a small section on our site that should help.



"The holy souls are eager for the prayers of the faithful, which can gain indulgences for them. Their intercession is powerful. Pray unceasingly. We must empty Purgatory!"

— St. Pio of Pietrelcina

The souls detained in Purgatory are helped ... chiefly by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar

— Council of Trent

I do not doubt that the Holy Mass not only shortens their pains, but also extends great immediate relief to those poor souls . . . . We may believe that at every Mass, many souls issue forth from Purgatory, and fly to holy paradise.

— St. Leonard of Port Maurice

The Mass affords the greatest relief to the suffering souls in Purgatory.

— St. Alphonsus Liguori


In Purgatory the pain never diminishes although the time does.

— St. Catharine of Genoa


The very state of the holy souls is one of the most unbounded helplessness . . . . Not a soul is delivered from its trail but God is immensely glorified . . . Can the Sacred Humanity be honored more than by the Adorable Sacrifice of the Mass? and here is our chief action upon Purgatory.

— Fr. Faber


Introduction to the book