Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

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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Funeral Lectionary: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23

At Mass this past weekend, the first reading stood out for me. At funerals, I think most people don’t absorb the entire passage being read. Even if it’s read well. Most often a key phrase might stick in the mind. … Continue reading

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