(Catholic Herald) A Requiem Mass in the traditional Latin form is to be offered at a Catholic church in Lancashire to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, which will take place on the same day at Leicester’s Anglican cathedral.
The mortal remains of Richard III, who died in the Battle of Bosworth
in 1485, before the Reformation, will be reinterred in the cathedral on
March 26, in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury and an
The Requiem Mass for the repose of Richard III’s soul will be held on
the same day St Catherine’s Church, in Leyland, Lancashire, at 7.30pm.
It will be a Sung High Latin Mass with singers from the Laeta Cantoribus
Choir, “in the style and manner of (Richard III’s) day”.
“The idea is that it will be closer to what he might have experienced
in his own lifetime, as a pre-reformation Catholic,” said parish priest
Fr Simon Henry.
After the service, refreshments will be served, also in keeping with what King Richard might have expected in his lifetime.
“The food afterwards will make at least a nod in the direction of the
15th century, or at least to his Yorkshire connections,” said Fr Henry.
“Though wild boar sausages are a little difficult to come by!”
The skeleton of Richard III was found under a car park in Leicester
in 2012. In the days before the reinterment service at Leicester
Cathedral, the coffin will be taken to Leicester University and Bosworth
Field, where the king was was killed in battle.
Following the Leicester Cathedral service, Richard III’s body will lie “in repose” for three days before being reinterred.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster will be part of the week-long run of events to mark the reinterment.
The cardinal will preach at a service of compline on the day the
king’s remains are received into the cathedral and will celebrate a
Requiem Mass the next day at a nearby Catholic parish.
Dominican friars will also sing vespers at the cathedral in the
run-up to the reinterment and Fr David Rocks OP, parish priest, will
preach at a lunchtime Eucharist.