We’ve already reviewed the different elements of the second form of the Rite of Committal, the one that incorporates the Final Commendation. The outline is as follows:
Prayer over the Place of Committal
Invitation to Prayer
[Signs of Farewell]
Song of Farewell
Prayer of Commendation
Prayer over the People
For whatever reason, if the Final Commendation didn’t take place at the funeral liturgy, or the funeral liturgy didn’t happen at all, these rituals (OCF 227-231) are inserted after the Prayer over the Place of Committal (226) and before the Committal (232). There is also the option, as in form 1, to postpone the Committal until after the final prayers.
While the signs of farewell (holy water and/or incense) are optional, the Song of Farewell is not. The rite doesn’t demand music at any point, but if this second form is to be used, the pastor and parish musician(s) should make an extra effort to provide music even if a graveside music ministry is not ordinarily provided to the community.
This concludes the adult funeral rites. From here, we will read what the Church has to say about the Funeral Rites for Children (OCF 234-242), then move to the Vigil (instruction 243-246, ritual 247-263), Funeral Liturgy (instruction 264-275, ritual 276-315), and the Rite of Committal (instruction 316-318, ritual 319-342). We will take less time with these instructions and liturgies than we did for similar sections in OCF 50 through 233. My goal is to highlight points of departure or adaptation from the adult funeral rites.
That will get us halfway through the bulk of the OCF, but we are a bit past the midpoint of our treatment of OCF on this blog. Much of the second half of the book treats Scripture texts, the Liturgy of the Hours, and various additional texts we’ve already referenced in previous discussions.
My estimate is that I have another thirty-two posts, before we reach the appendix for treating cremation. Meanwhile, any comments on this second form of the committal, or on the scope of what is to come are most welcome.