Black Catholic History Month: Ancestral Mass honors the past

November 21, 2023 | Angelus

By | Angelus

As the Procession of Ancestors made its way down the center aisle at St. Odilia Church in Los Angeles, volunteers walked with candles illuminating the photo of a departed community member.

One by one the soul’s names were called out, each punctuated by the ringing of a bell. Tearful family members watched as the candles were placed on the altar.

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