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Gregorian Masses are celebrated for 30 consecutive days.
The practice of Gregorian Masses goes back to a tradition beginning with Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604). According to legend, a deceased monk appeared and requested 30 Masses to be celebrated for the release of his soul from purgatory. On completion of the stipulated days the deceased monk appeared once more radiant in heavenly glory. After this revelation, the practice of celebrating thirty consecutive masses for a deceased person began.
This practice was first approved by a Decree of the Congregation of Indulgences of March 15, 1884. The present regulation stems from a declaration published by the Sacred Congregation of Divine Worship on Feb. 24, 1967.
The Gregorian Mass is a series of 30 consecutive celebrations generally celebrated by the same priest. Because of this greater burden, the offering for the 30 Masses is generally more substantial.

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