The Catholic Funeral Mass
The Catholic Funeral Mass is God's way of bringing comfort to the hearts of those who mourn as Scripture is read and preached, prayer is offered, praises are sung, grief is expressed and remembrance is cherished. It is an occasion in which we, by the grace of God, bless the name of the One who gives and takes away.
An opening statement lead by the priest or minister. Depending on the religion it may be either a prayer, a statement that shows support to the bereaved, or a combination of both.
Prayers and hymns are read and sung throughout the funeral. Guests are often encouraged to read or sing along at appropriate times.
Scripture readings are a common part of most services. Similar to prayer and hymns, the specific readings and their placement in the ceremony differ by religion.
A remembrance given by a close friend or family member honors the life and gifts of the deceased.
The service ends with closing words and a prayer which praises Jesus and prays for the soul of the deceased.
The Rite of Christian Burial includes a brief service at the grave site. Prayers are spoken by the priest or minister as the body is committed to the grave. Friends and family members say their final goodbyes. This may include placing flowers on the casket. A small amount of dirt may be placed on the casket as well.