Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

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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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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