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Not an answer to your question, but I thought you might like to know 
the month's mind is still observed, at least in Ireland.  One was 
held one for my Grandmother in January.

Maeve

>Med-religion List Members: A General Inquiry:
>I apologize for the impropriety of cross-posting , but answers to 
>the following inquiry were few and thin,and in retrospect the topic 
>seems more appropriately aimed at the Med-religion List.
>	Both an original call for assistance on the medieval ( OG , 
>MHG ) German term indicating a "thirty-day memorial" celebration for 
>the departed and Jim O'Donnell's recollective affirmation of the 
>"month's mind"( cited below) , leads me to inquire if there was any 
>specific significance attached to the period of thirty days in the 
>cycle of commemorations of the newly departed in the Western 
>Church.The Eastern Church had rather early absorbed a rather 
>detailed and colorful metempsychotic itinerary ( almost a day by 
>day, blow by purgating blow description) based on an 'angelic 
>revelation' to  St Macarius of Alexndria, and ,what I suspect, was a 
>reflection ,in reverse, of the currently accepted medical theorizing 
>about the formation of the fetal body and it's reception of the soul 
>[ see Vita Macarii Alexandr; Acta Sanct.]  Apparently the angels 
>were Macarius's constant  conversational companions, and from the 
>vita, apparently quite chatty. In this revealed itinerarium  the 
>fortieth day is the crtical waystation  on which the soul is brought 
>( a second time) before God, and allocated a fitting location for 
>residence. I quote from the Vita Macarii:
>	"On the fortieth day the soul is once again taken to do 
>reverence and offer obeisance before God; and it is there ( and 
>then) that the Great judge determinines the fitting place for its 
>holding, according to its deeds. Thusly, the Church will do right in 
>remembering the baptized dead on the fortieth day."
>
>Does the thirty day Western parallel commemoration have any such 
>hitstory/story,
>and what are its sources.?
>Thanks rendered in advance,
>Josef Gulka
>
><"Jim O'Donnell wrote:
>>"The thirties":  when I was a child in Catholic churches, there remained
>>traces in bulletins of something called "month's mind" -- the same
>>practice of a memorial mass thirty days after decease.>
>
>Josef Gulka
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