Pastoral Letter from Dean Malloy: Burial Rite for Father Roger Gentile


Dear Sisters and Brothers, The Rev. Dr. Andrew C. Blume, rector of St. Ignatius, Manhattan, has forwarded to me the letter he sent to the parish concerning the burial rites for Father Roger Gentile.

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Arrangements for the funeral of the Rev'd Roger M. C. Gentile, former priest associate of the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, have been finalized and we wanted to share this information with you.

A Vigil will be held at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 5 to 7 o'clock in the evening. This time to visit and pray with Fr. Gentile's family will conclude at 7 p.m. with a brief liturgy.

The next morning, Saturday, February 9 at 11 a.m. we will sing Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass for the repose of Fr Gentile's soul. The Rt. Rev'd Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York, will celebrate. The Choir of Saint Ignatius of Antioch will offer the music of the Mass. Clergy are invited to vest in choir habit and process. A reception will follow in the Undercroft of the Church.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church is located at 87th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue. For more information or if you have any questions, you may call the Church office on (212) 580-3326 or email the parish at Please pass this email along to anyone you think might be interested.

May Roger's soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Faithfully, Andrew C. Blume+

The definition of "choir habit" varies from place to place.  Father Blume has told me that it means cassock, surplice, and scarf or tippet at St. Ignatius.

The Catechism exhorts us to pray for the dead who have trusted in God's promises because, after death, they "will grow in his love, until they see him as he is" (Book of Common Prayer, p. 862). Even as we pray for Roger, let us pray also for ourselves, that we will be drawn ever closer into the life of God, who made us new in the waters of rebirth.

Almighty God, by our baptism into the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ, you turn us from the old life of sin: Grant that we, being reborn to new life in him, may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever (Book of Common Prayer, p. 254).

Your brother, Patrick+