Catholic Funeral Program
Every faith and religion has its own specific customs and rituals for burying the dead. For a Catholic burial, certain customs must be observed to properly honor the deceased. If you are involved in the planning of a Catholic funeral, attending a Catholic funeral service, or simply wish to learn more about what a Catholic cremation service or burial entails, start with these guidelines.
Catholic Funeral : Order of Service
Although Catholic cremation is still controversial, especially among Orthodox Catholics, it is allowed and accepted by the Church. Cremation normally occurs after a cremation service, a funeral service with or without the deceased present.
In the Catholic faith, funerals normally follow a very specific order and involve traditional Catholic funeral sermons. Traditional Catholic funeral customs include a viewing of the body, a funeral mass with communion, and a graveside service.
Catholic funeral planning must include a list of the Catholic funeral music to be played during the Catholic funeral service program. Providing the words to the songs will ensure those unfamiliar with Catholic funeral hymns will still be able to participate. The songs are either included in the Catholic funeral programs, or separate hymnals are provided.
The service starts with an entrance music. After the first Catholic funeral rites, a priest begins the Catholic funeral readings. These often include passages from the Old Testament, the book of Job, or the book of wisdom.
Catholic funeral rites include the communion rite that follows the readings and is usually accompanied by a communion hymn. After this, there will be an opportunity for words of remembrance about the deceased.
Catholic funeral sermons end with an invitation to attend a meal to celebrate the deceased's life. This is an important aspect of Catholic funeral rituals to remember if you are putting together a Catholic funeral plan. If you are new to Catholic funeral planning and don't know much about Catholic funeral customs, a Catholic funeral home will be able to give you the guidance and assistance you need.
Catholic Funeral Etiquette
Etiquette at a Catholic funeral is much the same as at any funeral; speak respectfully of the deceased and behave in a manner that is appropriate to the occasion. At Catholic funerals, the guests are normally expected to participate as much as possible, including singing along with the funeral home songs.
As with any funeral, it is always a good idea to send or bring flowers, either for placement near the casket, or to present to the family members of the deceased. Catholic funeral flowers are much the same as funeral flowers for other faiths and can be purchased at most larger florists, although there are florists that specialize in funeral flowers. Sending Catholic funeral cards or mass cards is also a good way to show your support and sympathy to the family of the deceased.