Rites of Committal for the Order of Christian Funerals

Rites of Committal for the Order of Christian Funerals

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Since liturgical celebration involves the whole person, it requires attentiveness to all that affects the senses. The readings and prayers, psalms and songs should be proclaimed with understanding, conviction and reverence. The ritual gestures, processions and postures should express and foster an attitude of reverence and reflective ness in those taking part in the funeral rites. This Committal rite should be celebrated in an atmosphere of simple beauty, in a setting that encourages participation. Care must be taken that the choice of signs and symbols are in accord with the culture of the people. With these words, this important new publication is introduced. Various texts for committal are printed along with rubrics and including also the rite of committal at a crematorium. This new version of the Rite of Committal now includes the Roman Lectionary relating to Funeral Rites but now excludes the Rite of Committal for children.238 Usually funeral directors are responsible for carrying out the mournersa#39; wishes with regard to the disposal of the ashes. If the family so wish, arrangements can be made for a priest or minister to say prayers at the interment of the ashes.

Title:Rites of Committal for the Order of Christian Funerals
Author:English Catholic Bishops Conference
Publisher:A&C Black - 2005-03


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