So, what is this committal? How important is it? And how has my family missed a spiritual and liturgical opportunity by keeping Dad’s ashes somewhere in my brother’s house?
206. In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection. The rite of committal is an expression of the communion that exists between the Church on earth and the Church in heaven: the deceased passes with the farewell prayers of the community of believers into the welcoming company of those who need faith no longer but see God face to face.
This is one of those important catechetical pieces provided in the rite. A pastoral minister would do well to know these few and be prepared to use them as part of the explanation to mourners or the formation of the local faith community.