When was the last time you saw a funeral like this?

I can’t remember attending a funeral with black vestments (although my parents might have taken me to one when I was very young.)

Diane over at Te Deum laudamus has some striking images from the funeral of Grace Perrone, the mother of Father Eduard Perrone of Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit.

It was a Mass celebrated in the Extraordinary Form, with prayers from the Mass for the Dead, which has the following Collect:

O God, whose property is ever to have mercy and to spare, we humbly entreat Thee on behalf of the soul of Thy servant (or handmaid) N., whom Thou hast bidden this day to pass out of this world: that Thou wouldst not deliver him (or her) into the hands of the enemy nor forget him (or her) for ever, but command him (or her) to be taken up by the holy Angels, and to be borne to our home in paradise, that as he (or she) had put his (or her) faith and hope in Thee he (or she) may not undergo the pains of hell but may possess everlasting joys. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity . . .