Is a Mass offered for one who is still living more powerful than a Mass celebrated for that person after he or she has died? I often wondered about that, so I wrote to Father Edward McNamara, a noted Professor of Liturgy, at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. This is how he responded to my inquiry.
“When we kneel before the tabernacle, when we receive Holy Communion, we acknowledge the awesome reality that God, who made the heavens and earth, the ruler of all that is and was and is to come, chose to come and dwell in
our church — to be food for our souls.”