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Missal for President Kennedy's funeral Mass

Object Number: 2017.057.0002
Category: Books
Type of Object: Booklet
Dimensions: 5 1/16 × 3 7/16 × 1/16 in. (12.9 × 8.7 × 0.2 cm)
Medium: Metal, Paper
Missal booklet from President John F. Kennedy's funeral Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. on Monday, November 25, 1963. A missal is a book containing the text used in a Catholic Mass.

The booklet is covered in textured gray paper and bound along left side with two metal staples; missal pages are numbered 2 to 32. The front cover of the booklet has text printed in purple ink:

"The Mass on the
Day of Burial
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Born May 29, 1917
Died November 22, 1963
Saint Matthew's Cathedral
Washington, D. C.

May he rest in peace."

Curator's Notes

Included in the Museum's temporary exhibit, "Mourning a President," about the funeral and mourning rites for President John F. Kennedy, this item will be on display on the Museum's seventh floor from November 17, 2017 to February 19, 2018. -- Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

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