DPPL 252c: Committal

STA altar at night smallAfter the funeral, a particularly difficult moment: that last farewell of the beloved’s earthly body.

• the Rite of committal, the funeral cortege, and burial; at the committal, the deceased is commended to God, “the final commendation by which the Christian community says farewell to one of its members before his body is buried” (OCF Praenotanda 10). In the funeral cortege, mother Church, who has sacramentally borne all Christians in her womb during their earthly pilgrimage, now accompanies the body of the deceased to his place of rest, while he awaits the resurrection (cf. 1 Cor 15, 42-44).

The images of the committal prayers confront us with the reality most of us find difficult, and occasionally impossible: letting go.

The Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy is online at the Vatican site.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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