Guidelines For Planning The Funeral

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

Since the liturgical celebrations of the funeral bring together family and friends who are experiencing deep grief, the ritual itself should minister to these people. Therefore, the ritual should be attentive to all the senses; be marked by beauty, dignity, and reverence; and with simplicity invite the participation of the assembly.

The Word of God ministers to the grieving as it proclaims the paschal mystery and comforts the sorrowful. Although nonbiblical readings should not replace...


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