What are the stages of a Christian Funeral service? Funeral Rites To know the stages of a Christian funeral To understand how a Christian funeral reflects beliefs about life after death To evaluate whether a Christian funeral is for the living or the dead
Eulogy – sermon about the person’s life Put the stages in order Reception of the body into the Church Readings from the Old and New Testaments Celebration of the Eucharist The Reception/ The Wake Final Absolution: incensing coffin, blessing with Holy Water to absolve the deceased from sins Bidding prayers for for the deceased, the family & others The Committal: brief service at the graveside.
Eulogy – sermon about the person’s life Put the stages in order Reception of the body into the Church Readings from the Old and New Testaments Celebration of the Eucharist The Reception/ The Wake Bidding prayers for for the deceased, the family & others Final Absolution: incensing coffin, blessing with Holy Water to absolve the deceased from sins • Which of the stages of a funeral ceremony are for • The benefit of the living ? • The benefit of the dead ? • Overall, who do you think a funeral service is for? The Committal: brief service at the graveside.
HW The funeral ceremony is for the benefit of the living. Do you agree ? Evaluate your answer, giving 2 reasons for and 2 reasons against and explaining your conclusion.
How does the Funeral Service reflect Christian beliefs in Life after Death? This shows Christians believe there is a life after death with God, and they pray that the deceased will enter it. This shows that the person who has died will rise to life again as part of Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is what the Mass celebrates. • Which of the beliefs about life after death do the stages reflect? • The Eulogy • The Sacrifice of the Mass • The Bidding prayers • The Final Absolution • The burial and committal • The wake This shows that the Christian community thanks God for the life of this person, and celebrates it as His gift to them. This shows that the person needs to have their sins forgiven before they can receive eternal life. This gives people a chance to express their feelings and share their memories of the deceased. **Why do you think the Catholic Church discourages cremation? Think of more than one reason. This acknowledges the dead person is no longer with them but with God
At which part of the funeral service does this speech occur? 1. Which readings would you have as part of the funeral mass? Choose 2 and explain why you would use them. What sort of readings might you expect during the Liturgy of the Word during Mass ? Bible Readings John 11.17-27 John 14.1-6 1 Corinthians 15:42-57 1 Thessalonians 4.13-17 Ecclesiastes 3 Revelation 21.1-7 Psalm 23 Job 19.23-27 2. Imagine you have died. What would you like to be said at your eulogy ?