Category Archives: Order of Christian Funerals

Funeral Lectionary: Genesis 23:2-4, 17-19

Many liturgists suggest women are underrepresented in the Lectionary. Patriarchy was the rule of so many cultures of the ancient Middle East, and this continued into Christian Europe. Deep in the Pentateuch, we have an opportunity to observe our spiritual … Continue reading

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Litany For The Deceased

Image credit: Liam, personal photo, from the Old North Burying Ground, Massachusetts. I know there are older versions of the Litany for the Deceased, but this one is particular to the Vigil for the Roman Rite, and is most often … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 IV

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” Mostly, I think this section was designed … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIX

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There we read that these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” For the most part I think this … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 123

Sometimes the death of a loved one is an occasion for quiet resignation. The anger is gone. Our emotions are spent. Perhaps there has been some conflict within a family or among friends. Perhaps the circumstances of death are troubling … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 126

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There, you can find a raft of psalms intended for use in the rite. They are presented in their entirety, often with antiphons unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIV

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF) where a number of texts listed are not offered as Lectionary choices. According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 134

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” Mostly, I think this section was designed … Continue reading

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Today’s Rite of Committal

I have followed in the footsteps of many fine lay ministers in parishes. I’ve always strived to honor their service, their memory, and their initiatives. My newest parish is the first where I have come after my predecessor has died. … Continue reading

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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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