What Every Catholic Should Know About Catholic Funerals
A Catholic Funeral Mass is one of the most important events a Christian community celebrates in a person’s life. Catholic funeral traditions dictate that the funeral liturgy takes place in a church setting as a final opportunity to commend the deceased to God’s mercy, and to reflect on how the person’s life mirrored the love and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Mass is the source of hope for those who have seen a loved one die, in that the family can see that their loved one might not die, but live forever. It’s one of the greatest means by which the Christian community comes together to support a grieving family. Exclusive funeral home providers for the Catholic Burial & Cremation Society work closely with Priests from local Catholic Churches. They are committed to offering a wide selection of Catholic burial, cremation and remembrance options.
The Catholic Funeral Mass focuses mainly on the deceased entry into Heaven and God's ability to give the grieving strength to cope with their recent loss. The Catholic funeral liturgy celebrates the faith of the deceased and Christ's victory over death and suffering.
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Vigil Service (Wake)
"At the vigil, the catholic community keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and finds strength in Christ's presence"
(Order of catholic Funerals, no. 56). The Vigil Service usually takes place during the period of visitation and viewing at the funeral home. It is a time to remember
the life of the deceased and to commend him/her to God. In prayer we ask God to console us in our grief and give us strength to support one another.
The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the catholic community for the deceased. When one of its members dies, the Church
encourages the celebration of the funeral liturgy at a Mass. When Mass cannot be celebrated, a funeral liturgy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the
funeral home. At the funeral liturgy the family and friends of the deceased give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death.
Rite of Committal (Interment)
The Rite of Committal is the conclusion of the funeral rite, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of the deceased. It
should normally be celebrated at the place of committal, that is, beside the open grave or place of interment. In committing the body to its resting place, the
community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection.
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