Funeral Liturgy

Funeral Liturgy

The second rite is the Funeral Liturgy. It may be celebrated within Mass or outside of Mass. It is not unusual for the Funeral Liturgy outside of Holy Mass to be held in the funeral home instead of the church.

“The Funeral Liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. At the Funeral Liturgy the community gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ’s victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God’s tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the paschal mystery.” (128-9)

The Funeral Liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. When one of its members dies, the Church encourages the celebration of the Funeral Liturgy at Holy Mass. When Holy Mass cannot be celebrated, a Funeral Liturgy outside Mass can be celebrated at the church or in the funeral home.

At the Funeral Liturgy, the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ's victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God's tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. The Funeral Liturgy, therefore, is an act of worship, and not merely an expression of grief.