OCF 141-142: Homily and Intercessions

People seem to think it’s something new when a bishop or pastor comes out to say that eulogies do not replace a homily at a funeral, but here it is in the OCF:

141. A brief homily based on the readings should always be given at the funeral liturgy, but never any kind of eulogy. The homilist should dwell on God’s compassionate love and on the paschal mystery of the Lord as proclaimed in the Scripture readings. Through the homily, the community should receive the consolation and strength to face the death of one of its members with a hope that has been nourished by the proclamation of the saving word of God.

Note that a brief homily is always given, and that the homily is not only a liturgical act, but also a pastoral one.

A brief note on the intercessions:

142. In the intercessions the community responds to the proclamation of the word of God by prayer for the deceased and all the dead, for the bereaved and all who mourn, and for all in the assembly. The intercessions provided may be used or adapted to the circumstances, or new intercessions may be composed.

Comments? I don’t think OCF 141 is terribly controversial in most Catholic internet circles.

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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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One Response to OCF 141-142: Homily and Intercessions

  1. Joseph Asare says:

    This is a very good reminder for some of the eulogies are difficult to believe to be true.

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