OCF 316-317, 319-336: Rite of Committal

As with adults (OCF 204-215), the conclusion of the funeral rites for a child is the Rite of Committal. The OCF gives three forms: the Rite of Committal (319-326), the Rite of Committal with Final Commendation (327-336), and the Rite of Final Commendation for an Infant (337-342).

The first two forms are provided very much like the adult rite in OCF 216-233. I refer you to the posts on the Rite of Committal from several days’ back. For children, form one is used when there has been a final commendation as part of the funeral liturgy. If, for whatever reason, the final commendation has not taken place at the funeral liturgy, it will be celebrated at Committal.

OCF 317 recommends the minister consider needful adaptations, along the lines of OCF 211-212.

Let’s come back to OCF 318, 337-342 in the next post on the Rite of Final Commendation for an Infant. We’ll examine that in some detail.

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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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