What’s a Mass card? Thanks and God bless you!
A Mass card looks like a greeting card, with religious images on it, and it is given to either a living person or the survivors of a deceased person. The card tells the recipient that a Mass will be said for them and their intention (if living) or for the repose of a person’s soul (if deceased).
It is customary to give the priest or religious house a stipend for saying the Mass (around here the donation is usually $10).
You can have a single Mass said, a perpetual remembrance of Masses said (usually offered in monasteries) or Gregorian Masses (30 days of masses said for a deceased person).
I hope that this was of help to you.
In the EF (Traditional Latin Mass) there are cards on the altar that the priest reads at Mass and these look like this :
Thank you for clearing that up! God bless you!
I have never heard of the altar cards referred to as Mass cards. That would be confusing, IMHO.
Out of curiosity, which Mass cards were you referring to ?
For the repose of my best friends soul. He died suddenly last week from a heart attack. God bless you!
May your friend + requiescat in pace +
May they rest in peace.
In some places Altar Cards are also known as Mass Charts, Altar Charts or even Mass Canons.
Really? didn’t know that! Thanks GBU!
As an aside; The altar cards depicted in the second posting are for the Dominican Rite which while in many ways similar to the traditional Roman Rite was a use over 200 years old at the time of the promulgation of the Missal of Pope Pius V and was able to be retained by the Order.
I noticed that too.