Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

CDF on Cremation

A universal document for cremation up at the Vatican today. Interesting, but not surprisingly this comes from the CDF and not the liturgy office, CDWDS. Reason being, it contains important teaching (already mostly covered by the USCCB in their documentation) … Continue reading

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On Tributes and Eulogies

My wife says the best EWTN programming is broadcast in the wee hours. She leans to saints and spirituality. She finds a lot of rich material there. Our cable provider doesn’t include EWTN in its package, at least on the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 23:1-3, 4, 5, 6

One of the most-loved passages in all of the world’s sacred Scriptures. The funeral lectionary version, given below, is significantly different from the RNAB version on which it is based. An expert on the inner workings on translations and preparation … Continue reading

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Funeral Prayers

Image credit. One complaint from hard-core Catholics on funerals is that in the last half-century, the liturgy has become rather mushy on the topic of the last things. Admittedly, homilists get the brunt of this criticism, like here. Other criticism, … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 6:14-17

Among many pastoral ministers, the entry of the eulogy into the funeral Mass is cause for much hand-wringing. The liturgy should focus on Christ. And the mercy and grace of God. The funeral isn’t a time to applaud a life … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 65:17-19

My parish’s¬†bereavement team hosts an annual liturgy and dinner for people who are mourning the loss of a loved one or friend. One of the readings they use strikes me as appropriate for a funeral. This is not one of … Continue reading

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Non-Catholic, Bishop, and Funeral

It almost sounds like a joke, the combination of words, and the way some Catholics are fussing on this. Bishop Tony Palmer plus funeral Mass.¬†He wasn’t a Roman or a Catholic. Oh, and from Pope Francis, a consideration of the … Continue reading

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