Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to funerals; funereal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to funerals; funereal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to funerals; funereal.

Etymologies

Latin exequialis, exsequialis, from exsequiae exequies. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The catafalque is usually placed immediately outside the sanctuary, and is the centre of the ceremonies of that part of the exequial office known as the absolution, receiving the same attention as the corpse would if present.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Pentecost are of the First Class, the Church, to hasten the relief of the deceased, does not except them, and the solemn exequial Mass may be celebrated on these feasts, as on all other feasts of the First

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • For this reason it may be said that the exequial Mass post acceptum nuncium is of the Greater Double rite, since Doubles of the Second Class take precedence over it.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • And it is worthy of notice that, from those ancient times, it was licit to celebrate the exequial Mass on

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In our opinion, the exequial Mass, which takes the place of the high Mass, enjoys the privileges of the latter, when, through special circumstances, the high Mass cannot be celebrated, even in the case of the wealthy; as for example, if the persons invited to the funeral could not remain long at the church, and the relatives of the deceased should on that account ask that the Mass be a low one.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • An exequial Mass is one that is celebrated on the occasion of the obsequies (exequiæ) of a person, before the burial.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • (d) The fourth condition of the Ritual for the celebration of the exequial Mass on a feast day is that the solemnity of the day not oppose it.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • While holding to the principle that ceremonies of mourning should not interfere with the joyousness of liturgical feasts (for which reason the solemn commemoration of all the faithful departed is transferred to the following day whenever the 2nd of November falls on a Sunday), the Church, as a good mother, desirous of hastening the relief of a deceased child, wishes the exequial Mass to be celebrated, even on feast day, although she places some conditions, as the Ritual shows

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • (b) The second condition is that the exequial Mass does not prevent the celebration of the conventual, or of the parochial Mass; but to this we have already referred to above, under IV.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • (c) The exequial Mass should not interfere with the Divine Office on feasts, i.e., with the sacred functions which a parish priest should perform in behalf of his people.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

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