Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Office for the Dead: Morning Prayer Psalms

Some weeks ago, we had a bit of a discussion around the Office of the Dead, otherwise known as the Liturgy of the Hours celebrated in the context of a death and Christian burial. Numbers 348 through 395 give some … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Conclusion

After Canticle of Mary and intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer is offered after an introduction by the minister (OCF 393). The given words are from a penitential and funeral psalm, the 130th: With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption; … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Intercessions

After Canticle of Mary, intercessions are offered. The rubric of OCF 392 reads: The intercessions are then said. The following may be used or adapted to circumstances, or new intercessions may be composed. The minister says: We acknowledge Christ the … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Canticle of Mary

We pick up on our examination of the Office for the Dead with the liturgical highlight of Evening Prayer, the Canticle of Mary. After the psalms, New Testament canticle, reading, possible homily, and brief responsory, the passage from Luke 1:46-55 … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Responsory

A reminder that the Catholics funeral rites were discussed here years ago. This supplement focuses on particular aspects of the choice to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as a Vigil or other worship service prior to a funeral. After … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Reading

Don’t forget our extended discussion of the funeral rites a decade ago. Also remember from our discussion of the Liturgy of the Hours: Psalms rule, and readings are usually a reflection on or a response to the psalms. In OCF … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Psalms

As we get deeper into a look into the Office for the Dead, a reminder of our discussion of the funeral rites almost ten years ago. I would offer caution that funerals are not the time for promoting the Liturgy … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Reception Of The Body In Church

A few weeks ago, a commentator asked about the Office for the Dead. A discussion on this was included in our examination of the funeral rites almost ten years ago. In any parish I served, I would recommend the celebration … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead

Some days ago, a commentator asked about the Office for the Dead. We blogged extensively on the funeral rites almost ten years ago. It seems that while I devoted a number of posts to the praenotanda, or instruction from the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Corresponding with my friend John Donaghy, deacon and missionary, he shared the readings he selected for his funeral. The passage from the second Corinthian letter isn’t in the funeral lectionary, but I think it’s a good inclusion. I asked John … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Timothy 1:9-10

I had another recent funeral in which the family went off the page (but stayed in the Book) to find a reading that they felt was suitable for a father’s funeral. Some Catholic clergy and liturgists get the yips on … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 16: 1-2, 7-11

I had an experience with the funeral of a choir spouse recently. The family requested Psalm 16, and specifically Scott Soper’s fine setting. OCP’s editors place it in their annual missal in the Psalter. The antiphon is a bit long … Continue reading

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Top British Funeral Songs

Joe McMahon sent me this link to a UK op-ed on funeral songs. From the Daily Mail, Tom Utley reports and comments: A survey this week by Co-op Funeralcare highlights one of the most profound social changes of my lifetime. In … Continue reading

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Human Composting

I heard this bit on a local NPR station the other day, sort of a trial balloon on human composting. Some interesting bits: The human composting … involves placing bodies in vessels where they can be covered in wood chips … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 93

Well over seven years ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). A whole passel of texts sit there outside the Lectionary proper, which, according to the Church, may be “chosen for use in various … Continue reading

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