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Order of Christian Funerals
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Order of Christian Funerals

 Approved for Use in the Dioceses of England and Wales, and Scotland

In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by his death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity. Christ 'achieved his task of redeeming humanity and giving perfect glory to God, principally by the paschal mystery of his blessed passion, resurrection from the dead, and glorious ascension.'

At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist. 

Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ's death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.

The Church through its funeral rites commends the dead to God's merciful love and pleads for the forgiveness of their sins. At the funeral rites, especially at the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice, the Christian community affirms and expresses the union of the Church on earth with the Church in heaven in the one great communion of saints. Though separated from the living, the dead are still at one with the community of believers on earth and benefit from their prayers and intercession. At the rite of final commendation and farewell, the community acknowledges the reality of separation and commends the deceased to God. In this way it recognises the spiritual bond that still exists between the living and the dead and proclaims its belief that all the faithful will be raised up and reunited in the new heavens and a new earth, where death will be no more.

The Order of Christian Funerals makes provision for the minister, in consultation with the family, to choose those rites and texts that are most suitable to the situation: those that most closely apply to the needs of the mourners, the circumstances of the death, and the customs of the local Christian community. The minister and family may be assisted in the choice of a rite or rites by the reflections preceding each rite or group of rites.

Table of Contents:

Decree of Episcopal Conferences
Editorial Note
Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship
General Introduction

Part 1: Funeral Rites
Vigil and Related Rites and Prayers

1. Prayers

2. Vigil for the Deceased

3. Related Rites

Funeral Liturgy

4. Funeral Mass

5. Funeral Liturgy outside Mass

Rite of Committal

6. Rite of Committal at a Cemetery

7. Rite of Committal at a Cemetery with Final Commendation

8. Rite of Committal for Burial

9. Rite of Committal at a Crematorium

10. Rite of Committal at a Crematorium with Final Commendation

11. Rite of Committal for Cremation

12. Rite for the Burial of Ashes

Part 2: Funeral Rites for Children Vigil

13. Vigil for a Deceased Child

Funeral Liturgy

14. Funeral Mass

15. Funeral Liturgy outside Mass

Rite of Committal

16. Rite of Committal at a Cemetery

17. Rite of Committal at a Cemetery with Final Commendation

18. Rite of Committal for Burial

19. Rite of Committal at a Crematorium

20. Rite of Committal at a Crematorium with Final Commendation

21. Rite of Committal for Cremation

22. Rite of Committal for an Infant

Part 3: Gunerals for Catechumens: Guidelines and Texts

23. Prayers and Texts for Catechumens

Part 4: Office for the Dead

24. Morning Prayer

25. Evening Prayer 

Part 5: Additional Texts

26. Prayers and Psalms in Particular Circumstances

      Prayers for the Dead

      Prayers for the Mourners

      Processional Psalms

Appendix: Ordo Exsequiarum, 1969, Introduction

Edition: Hardback

Pages: 437

Size: 8 ¼” x 11 ¾”


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