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The Catholic Funeral Rite

 A Guide

Introductory Rites

Opening Hymn

o Option of symbols of deceased life incorporated into introduction of the Mass. If members of the family wish to say a few pre-prepared word on behalf of the family, this will take place now also.

Opening Prayers of Mass. (Priest)

Liturgy of the Word

1st Reading from the Old Testament.

Responsorial Psalm: this may be read or sung.

2nd Reading from the New Testament.

Gospel Acclamation

Gospel. (Priest)

Homily. (Priest)

Prayers of the Faithful: As few or as many as you wish.

Liturgy of theEucharist

Offertory Procession of Bread and Wine.

Preparation of Gifts: Option of a hymn or instrumental music.

Preface and Eucharistic Prayer (Priest)

Communion Rite

Our Father

Communion hymn(s)

o Option of post-Communion reflection on the Christian mystery of death and Resurrection or on the Eucharist.

Concluding Rites

Final Prayer and Blessing. (Priest)

Final commendation. (Priest)

Recessional hymn.

Note: Hymns and/or music must be Catholic Church music.


Prayer In Time Of Bereavement

Lord, you are close to the broken-hearted.

Be with me as I struggle with many different and painful feelings.

Give me the courage to face my loss not to grieve in silence.

Be with me as I strugle with many different and painful feelings.

Ease me in your love.

Help me to believe that one day I will no longer have this deep sorrow.

May I find comfort in sharing my grief with those who understand the strong bonds of love.

Stay with me, Lord, support me.

Help me to know that your power is at work within me as I deal with my grief.

Amen.

Sister Sheila McAuliffe, RSCJ

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Planning your Loved's One's Funeral Liturgy

'There is a season for everything, a time for beginning, a time for ending'.

The death of a relative, friend or family member is a traumatic and painful experience.

Our Parish encourages you to be as fully involved as you can in planning your loved one's Liturgy . It is their final journey and in the Liturgy we celebrate the life and faith of your loved one; we commend him/her to the Lord, we support and pray for all those who mourn.

Discuss with your family members and friends who would like to proclaim the Scripture Readings and take part in the prayers of intercession. The priests of New Ross Parish will provide you with a booklet containing a selection of readings from Sacred Scripture and sample Prayers of Intercession suitable for the Requim Mass.

Again, choose family members or friends of the deceased to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar.

For more information on the Funeral Liturgy see below the following guidelines;-

Catholic Funeral Rite - A Guide

Opening Hymn

Option of symbols of deceased life incorporated into introduction of the Mass.

Opening Prayers of Mass. (Priest)

1st Reading from The Old Testament.

Psalm: Can be read or sung or can be replaced by appropriate hymn.

2nd Reading from The New Testament.

Gospel Acclamation & Gospel.

Homily. (Priest)

Prayers of the Faithful: As few or as many as you wish.

Offertory Procession of Bread and Wine: Option of one or two

Symbols of deceased life, if these have not been included at the start of Mass.

Preparation of Gifts: Option of a hymn or instrumental music.

Preface and Eucharistic Prayers (Priest)

Communion hymn's: Option of post-Communion reflection.

Final Prayer and Blessing. (Priest)

Final commendation. (Priest)

Procession hymn.

Cemetery

Option of pipes or singer and or grave side oration

Note:

Irish Bishops have directed hymns and or music should be Catholic Church music.



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