ASK FATHER: First Mass of a new priest – Requiem?

Posted June 2, 2017 10:56 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: First Mass of a new priest – Requiem?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have heard that there is an ancient tradition in which a newly ordained priest offers either his first Mass or one of the following Masses for the souls of the faithful departed, specifically for his deceased family members.
I ask because I recently saw some photos of a newly ordained priest (Deo Gratias) from Brazil, offering his first Mass in the OF: black vestments, biretta, etc for the faithful departed.
If you have any insights, thoughts, or information on this, may I ask your opinion? Thank you in advance.
I don’t know how “ancient” that tradition would be, but, yes,

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