about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals
Of the three Revelation passages given for funerals, this is the one chosen most often: I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no … Continue reading
The funeral Lectionary offers three official passages from the book of Revelation. That very short passage about dead believers finding rest in Christ. One on the New Heaven and New Earth (Rev 21:1-8). And today’s on the Last Judgment (Rev … Continue reading
Is this reading familiar? If you went to Mass yesterday, it should be: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the … Continue reading
The account of the two disciples encountering the Lord on the road to Emmaus is rich and much loved. I tend to think of it more as a metaphor for the Eucharistic liturgy, an exploration by the early disciples of … Continue reading
A portion of the Passion from John’s Gospel is an option for funerals. Here’s the text: Jesus carrying the cross himself went out to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified … Continue reading
Since Psalm 116 appears in the Holy Thursday Lectionary, I thought it appropriate to offer a post on it today. With an Alleluia refrain or this one based on verse 9: I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the … Continue reading
Another Easter Vigil Scripture, though one you may not hear (or sing) unless your parish is bold enough to do all seven Old Testament readings. This merging of Psalms 42 and 43 followes the reading from Ezekiel 36. If it’s … Continue reading
A frequent choice for funerals is the Easter Vigil reading from Romans: Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, … Continue reading
I’m surprised that the Italians have had to wait forty years for a second edition of the funeral rites. What are listed at the link as innovations: a home visit, closing the coffin, texts for different situations of the deceased, … Continue reading
Toward the end of Saint Paul’s “Gospel of Hope” (Romans chapters 5 through 8) another very appropriate passage for the funeral liturgy: Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not … Continue reading
Continuing with Saint Paul’s Gospel of Hope (Romans 5-8), the Church gives us the second half of a comparison of two traditions. It’s not explicit in just this pericope, but the “one person” is Adam (See Romans 5:12-16). Or the joint transgression … Continue reading
Paul offers a stellar treatment of hope in chapters 5 through 8 of his letter to the Romans. Last week, we looked at the concluding message of this “Gospel of hope.” With today’s passage, this theme is set up for … Continue reading
Of the Church’s many New Testament choices for funerals, six from from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans. And of those, five are contained in four central chapters 5 through 8. Is this significant? The Scripture scholar Brendan Byrne SJ … Continue reading
This is one of the three common psalms for Lent. I think this text is quite fitting for a funeral, but in my midwestern Catholic experience, it is rarely requested. It appears in today’s Lectionary in most places, so I thought … Continue reading