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The word requiem may be confusing to some. We will examine the definition of the word requiem, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

Requiem is used to mean a Catholic funeral Mass or a religious observance in remembrance of a person who is deceased. Requiem may also refer to the music written or performed at a funeral Mass. The meaning of the word requiem has expanded to simply mean a tribute to someone who has died or a token of remembrance for someone who has died. The word requiem is derived from the Catholic funeral Mass. In the opening of the Mass, the celebrant says, “Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine” or “Grant them eternal rest O Lord.” Requiem is Latin for rest or repose.


A nearly 100-person ensemble will deliver a musical production on Friday consisting of Mozart’s “Requiem” in Battell Chapel. (The Yale Daily News)

The Florida Film Festival saluted Ellen Burstyn with a Friday night screening of her devastating performance as a pill addict in “Requiem for a Dream.” (The Orlando Sentinel)

I have spent the last three years building a great requiem for those World War I dead – a Diggers’ Requiem, co-commissioned by the Australian War Memorial and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs that will premiere in Amiens on April 23, 2018, using the combined forces of the Orchestre de Picardie and Germany’s Jena Philharmonic along with Australian soloists, paid for by the Australia Council. (The Canberra Times)

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro on Thursday attempted but failed to do a Kenyan rendition of Julius Malema’s famous eulogy during Kenneth Matiba’s  requiem mass in Murang’a. (The Nairobi News)

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