DPPL 256: The Memorial of the Dead in Popular Piety

STA altar at night smallPraying for the dead is always good:

256. As with the Liturgy, popular piety pays particular attention to the memory of the dead and carefully raises up to God prayers in suffrage for them.

The Church reminds us that we tread in sensitive territory where deceased loved ones are involved. Linking personal observances to the liturgy may provide a good outreach to mourners. I’ve wondered if people are ever provided with a basic version of the Office of the Dead to be prayed at home.

In matters relating to the “memorial of the dead”, great pastoral prudence and tact must always be employed in addressing the relationship between Liturgy and popular piety, both in its doctrinal aspect and in harmonising the liturgical actions and pious exercises.

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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