Month’s Mind Mass and Raising of the Galero

Cardinal George listens to the reading of the Gospel with head bowed while holding his crosier during Mass at the 2011 Chicago Catholic Men's Conference.

All are invited to a Mass on the one-month anniversary of the death of Francis Cardinal George, OMI, Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago. This Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, May 17, at 5:15 p.m., at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets in Chicago. No tickets are required for this Mass. Rev. Msgr. Daniel Mayall, Rector of Holy Name Cathedral, will be the main celebrant and homilist. During this Mass, Cardinal George’s galero, the wide-brimmed, tasseled red hat, will be raised to the Cathedral ceiling, joining the galeri of the other Cardinals of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

A “Month’s Mind” Mass is a centuries old tradition honoring the one-month anniversary of a person’s death.

Although it is no longer an official part of the funeral rites for a Cardinal, the Galero (the red, ceremonial hat which Cardinals formerly received when they were elevated to the College of Cardinals) is hung from the apse of the Cathedral Church.

Cardinal George’s Galero will be raised to hang next to those of his five predecessors: George Cardinal Mundelein; Samuel Cardinal Stritch; Albert Cardinal Meyer; John Cardinal Cody; and Joseph Cardinal Bernardin.

While there are no special prayers or blessings said at the raising of the Galero, a hymn based on the motto of Cardinal George’s Episcopal Motto will be sung while the Galero is raised, Christo, Gloria in Ecclesia (To Christ be glory in the Church).

The galeri of Albert Cardinal Meyer, Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, George Cardinal Mundelein, John Cardinal Cody and Samuel Cardinal Stritch (left to right) hanging from the ceiling of the apse of Holy Name Cathedral.