Holy Mass
In the doctrine of Raimundo Irineu Serra


Holy Mass is a set of ten hymns (six of Mestre Irineu, two of Germano Guilherme, one of João Pereira and one of Joaquim Português), and intermixed by Nine Prayers(1) prayed after each hymn, just in the Dead’s day or for the occasion of a brother or a sister’s passage (daimista or not) – in general after seven days of the passage and always after four o’clock in the afternoon (with the exception of the Dead’s day, sung at dawn, after the contrition danced service). He chose the hymns of the Mass himself. The one with the candles around the table belongs to João Pereira. Despedida (Farewell) belongs to the brother Joaquim. He was called Joaquim Português and now I can’t recall his name. He was indeed from Portugal. He had this little teeny hinario, from where Mestre chose this hymn for the Mass, this “Farewell”. Joaquim Português died in Rio de Janeiro. Senhor Amado belongs to Germano. It belongs to the hinário of Mr. Germano, but it is only for the Mass [2].

  • It begins with a terço (finishing with a “Hail Holy Queen”, but with no “By the Sign of the Holy Cross” at the end).
  • The hymns of the Holy Mass are sung, inserting 3x “Our Father” / “Hail Mary”.
  • Final prayers: (3x “Our Father” / “Hail Mary”, a “Hail Holy Queen” and finishes with "Praised be God in the Heights" and then “Sign of the Cross”).

Hymns that compose the Holy Mass

01-Senhor amado (Germano Guilherme)
02-Dois de Novembro (Mestre Irineu)
03-Rogativo aos Mortos (Mestre Irineu)
04-Mãe Celestial (Mestre Irineu)
05-Equior Papai me chama (Mestre Irineu)
06-Todo mundo quer ser filho (Mestre Irineu)
07-Senhora Mãe Santíssima (Germano Guilherme)
08-Oh! Meu Pai eterno (João Pereira)
09-Me despeço meus irmãos (Joaquim Português)
10-Pisei na terra fria (Mestre Irineu)

The liturgy of the Holy Mass requires at least the composition of the table, which means 6 people.

Luiz Carlos Teixeira de Freitas
Fabrício Pacheco
(1) - This aspect of the so called "nine prayers" is one of the juiciest in the set of fine teachings that master Irineu kept presenting us. When he referred to the "nine prayers" he was referring to the "Our Father", to the "Hail Mary" and to the "Holy Mary" prayed three times. And what this means? The prayer that we know as "Hail Mary" has a clear origin content division: While the first part "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women! Blessed is the fruit of Thy womb" is integrally based in the biblical text, when the angel greets Mary and announces the redeemer, the second part "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray to God for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen" is the result of elocutions that the Catholic church added during the course of a millennium. "Jesus" was placed in the middle of the two parts around 1300 D.C. It was thence that Mestre Irineu dealt with the "Hail Mary" as if they were two prayers: The first one reproduces the angel's greeting to Mary; the second elevates our prayers to her. Therefore, one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Holy Mary composed three prayers; times three, and we have the "nine prayers" (Luiz Carlos Teixeira).
(2) - Percília Matos da Silva
Mestre's table of works