There are circumstances in which a pastor or pastoral minister would want to have flexibility in serving the family and parish. The following two sections detail some of the possibilities.
211. If there is a pastoral need for a longer committal rite than those provided here, for example, when the funeral liturgy has been celebrated on a previous day or in a different community, the minister may use the appropriate form of the committal rite and adapt it, for example, by adding a greeting, song, one or more readings, a psalm, and a brief homily. When there has been no funeral liturgy prior to the committal rite, the “Rite of Committal with Final Commendation” may be used and similarly adapted.
212. The rite of committal may be celebrated in circumstances in which the final disposition of the body will not take place for some time, for example, when winter delays burial or when ashes are to be interred at some time after cremation. The rite of committal may then be repeated on the later occasion when the actual burial or interment takes place. On the second occasion the rite may include a longer Scripture reading as well as a homily.
In case of a body donated to science, the rite of committal may be celebrated whenever interment takes place.
This all seems fairly clear. Whatever choices the pastor or minister make need not be locked in to a slavish following of the funeral rites. These rituals are intended to be a liturgical expression of a pastoral reality. If circumstances indicate a richer liturgy at interment is called for, it can include intelligent and thoughtful additions in keeping with the patterns of ritual, especially an enhanced proclamation of the Word.