Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

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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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 148

In the Order of Christian Funerals, there is a chapter, the 13th, dedicated to all the readings for funerals for adults. Following this is a brief chapter, the 14th, giving readings for “Funerals for Baptized Children.” The Scripture passages are … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Wisdom 5:15-16

This is another non-Lectionary Scripture. It is part of a much longer reading suggested for the sacrament of Penance. When I was reflecting on this during my daily prayer, it struck me as ideal for a funeral. Brief. One point. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

I think we used a longer form of 1 Corinthians for a priest’s funeral once, 9:16-19, 22-27, and that seems fitting, using Saint Paul’s reference to his own apostolic credentials and how he conducted his ministry in Corinth. For an … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Proverbs 31: 10-12, 25-26, 28-31

The book of Proverbs concludes with a twenty-two-line poem extolling the ideal woman. Scripture scholars in our midst should perks up at that number, for yes, each line of this text in the Hebrew original begins with a sequenced letter of … Continue reading

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