Only two more posts to go on this document. Today we’re looking at funeral rites in chapter VI:
23. The color for the office and Mass for the dead may in all cases be violet. But the conferences of bishops have the right to stipulate another color suited to the sensibilities of the people, not out of keeping with human grief, and expressive of Christian hope as enlightened by the paschal mystery.
So the post-conciliar judgment on funeral color is neither white nor black, but violet. Ultimately, the judgment rests not with Rome, but with the episcopal conference.
24. At the absolution over the coffin and over the grave, other responsories taken from matins for the dead, namely, Credo quod Redemptor meus vivit, Qui Lazarum resuscitasti, Memento mei, Deus, Libera me, Domine, de viis inferni, may replace the Libera me, Domine.
Don’t look now, but no mention here of either clown costumes or second-hand lace in Chapter VII, Vestments:
25. The maniple is no longer required.
26. The celebrant may wear the chasuble for the Asperges before Mass on Sundays, for the blessing and imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday, and for the absolution over a coffin or grave.
27. A concelebrant must wear the vestments obligatory for individual celebration of Mass (Rite of Concelebration no. 12).
When there is a serious reason, for example, a large number of concelebrants and a lack of vestments, the concelebrants, with the principal celebrant always excepted, may leave off a chasuble but never the alb and stole.
If any clergy would want to weigh in on these prescriptions, feel free.