Understanding Catholic Funerals

Understanding Catholic Funerals

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The rituals of the Catholic Church celebrating death and entry into eternal life are found in the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). The Catholic funeral ritual is structured to

  provide three occasions for communal prayer spaced over several days to replicate the journey from grief to healing. In these ritual prayers we are called to celebrate our faith in Christ, express our love for the person who has died, and define new ways in which to remain faithful to the personal relationship that has touched our life.

 

The three elements of the Order of Christian Funerals are the Vigil (the wake service), the Funeral Mass with the body present, and the Committal. In each gathering, the bereaved accompany the deceased. Those who journeyed with their beloved in life now escort him or her to the final resting place to await the Lord’s final call to eternal life.