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Order of Christian Funerals

There are three principal parts: the Vigil for the Deceased; the Funeral Mass or the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass; the Rite of Committal.

VIGIL FOR THE DECEASED

 

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Greeting
Opening Song Invitation to Prayer

Opening Prayer

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm

Homily

CONCLUDING RITE

Blessing
Song and/or a few minutes of silent prayer

FUNERAL MASS

 

INTRODUCTORY RITES
Greeting & Sprinkling with Holy Water , Placing of the Pall (and Christian Symbols)
Entrance Procession
Song
Opening Prayer


LITURGY OF THE WORD
Scripture Readings with Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation
Homily
General Intercessions


LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Preparation of the Altar and the Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer
Communion Rite


FINAL COMMENDATION
Invitation to Prayer
Song of Farewell and Incense
Prayer of Commendation

PROCESSION TO THE PLACE OF COMMITTAL


RITE OF COMMITTAL
Invitation
Scripture Verse
Prayer over the Place of Committal
Committal
Intercessions
The Lord's Prayer
Concluding Prayer
Prayer over the People


SUGGESTED READINGS


Old Testament
Job 19:1, 23-27 ; Wisdom 3:1-9 ; Wisdom 4:7-15 ; Isaiah 25:6a, 7-9 ; Lamentations 3:17-26 ;
Daniel 12:1-3 ; 2 Maccabees 12:43-46 ;


New Testament
Acts 10:34-43 ; Romans 5:5-11 Romans 5:17-21 ; Romans 6:3-9 ; Romans 8:14-23 ;Romans 8:3lb-35, 37-39
; Romans 14:7-9, l0b-12 ; I Corinthians 15:20-23, 24b-28 ; I Corinthians 15:51-57 ; 2 Corinthians 4:14 -5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10 ; Philippians 3:20-21 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ; 2 Timothy 2:8-13 ;1 John 3:1-2; 1 John 3:14-16 ; Revelation 14:13 ; Revelation 20:11 - 21:1 ; Revelation 21:1-5a, 6b-7


Gospel
Matthew 5:1-12a ; Matthew 11:25-30 ; Matthew 25:1-13 ;Mathew 25:31-46; Mark 15:33-39, 16:1-6
Luke 7:11-17 ; Luke 12:35-40 ; Luke 23:33, 39-43 ; Luke 23: 44-46, 50, 52-53; 24:1-6a ; Luke 24:13-35
John 5:24-29 ; John 6:37-40; John 6:51-58 ; John 11: 17-27; John 11:32-45


If you decide to chose some of the reading please be sure to communicate them at the Priest or
minister at the moment of the wake. To do it in the morning of the funeral would not be proper.
For the music please keep in mind that only Catholic Church Music is allowed. In Case of a Service
Man or Woman to play Taps before the final commendation may be appropriate. No secular Music will be allowed. Please be sure to have your personal requests forwarded to the Parish the Morning of the day preceding the Funeral Mass.