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DPPL 253: Great Dignity and Religious Sensibility

The Church gives us three important cautions, lest all you-know-what should break loose. 253. Every stage of the rite of obsequies should be conducted with the greatest dignity and religious sensibility. Hence, it is necessary for: the body of the … Continue reading

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DPPL 252c: Committal

After 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 … Continue reading

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DPPL 252b: Funeral Mass

A funeral Mass remains a top priority. Our Catholic instincts on this point are well-supported by the funeral rites themselves: • the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, which is highly desirable when possible. In the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, … Continue reading

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DPPL 252a: Prayer Vigil

252. The Roman Liturgy, like other Latin and Oriental Liturgies, contains many and varied forms of suffrage for the dead. The rite of Christian exequies consists traditionally of three parts. Because of the profoundly changed circumstances of life in the … Continue reading

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DPPL 251: Behind Praying For The Dead

What is our interaction with the dead? Do we give up on them, forget about them, entrust them to God’s judgment? Pray for them daily, keep their pictures, and devote shrines to the special ones? Simple human compassion would indicate … Continue reading

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DPPL 250: Death in Christ

Christian death begins at baptism. Is baptism just a symbol? Is faith damaged by emphasizing the cleansing of baptism over and above the submersion, the tomb, the death? 250. According to the faith of the Church, “to die in Christ” … Continue reading

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DPPL 249: More on the Mystery of Death

249. Belief in the resurrection of the dead is an essential part of Christian revelation. It implies a particular understanding of the ineluctable mystery of death. Understanding? I would think we are talking less an intellectual grounding in the afterlife … Continue reading

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