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Mass for Deceased Knights: United in Charity

In a Mass offered on the feast of the Transfiguration, Aug. 6, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William Lori said that members of the Knights of Columbus can “behold the divine origin” of the Order’s original two principles of charity and unity by climbing Mount Tabor with the Apostles and beholding the glory of God.

“Father Michael McGivney didn’t just invent these principles,” said Archbishop Lori in his homily, referring to the Order’s founder. “He drew them from the very heart of the Gospels. He knew that if we were to share in the glory of God, we must be people united in charity – united in opening our hearts to the love of God poured forth by the Holy Spirit; united in bearing witness to the love of God we have received by lives of charity, especially on behalf of the poor, the sick and the vulnerable.”

The Mass was offered on Thursday, the final day of the 133rd Supreme Convention, in memory of all deceased Knights of Columbus. After the homily, Deputy Supreme Knight Logan Ludwig read the necrology, consisting of the names of bishops and fraternal leaders who passed away in the previous year.

In the sanctuary during Mass were the blood relic of St. John Paul II, contained in a glass ampoule, and a reliquary of Mexican martyrs who belonged to the Knights of Columbus.

Citing the Mass readings, Archbishop Lori said that the Transfiguration offers us a glimpse of the heavenly glory that awaits the faithful after death.

“Jesus reveals in his human flesh the glory that is his for all eternity, and he also reveals how we are to be transformed so as to share the glory of God,” he said.

He continued, “The glory of Jesus is his complete union of love with the Father, a union so complete and so perfect that it is not just an idea or a feeling but a Person, the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, for God is love.”

In the Mass for the deceased, the archbishop said, all Knights and their families on earth must pray that those who have gone before them will be united in the glory of God’s love.