OCF 104-108: Prayers After Death

The outline of this simple rite:

Invitation to Prayer
Reading
The Lord’s Prayer
Concluding Prayers
Blessing

A few brief notes:

The sample invitations (OCF 104) draw heavily on Scripture. There are two, and there is the option “in similar words.” I’d say it’s hard to improve on Saint Paul’s greeting from 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. The sample readings (OCF 105) are short, two to four verses from the gospels (Matthew 18:19-20, John 11:21-24, and Luke 20:35-38). Again, the option is given to consult part III of the OCF, where numerous other options are given.

Lest anyone buy into the myth that the current MR3 translation has rediscovered Scriptural allusion in the Mass, ICEL was doing it a generation ago in these rites. One of the invitations to the Lord’s Prayer (OCF 106) draws from Psalm 130, “With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption; let us pray as Jesus taught us:”

In OCF 107, a prayer for the deceased is always said–other options are given in OCF 398. At the minister’s discretion, a prayer for mourners may also be offered aloud. More options can be found at OCF 399.

The blessing (OCF 108) includes the traditional formula, “Eternal rest grant unto him/her …” which may include the signing of the forehead of the deceased. Options A and B for the blessing give different wordings for an ordained cleric and for a lay person.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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