Preparing for a Funeral
We at the Church of the Resurrection extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family at the death of your loved one. It is our hope that the following information will assist you in preparing a meaningful and prayerful funeral service.
Roman Catholics have special prayers and rites for the dead. The traditional funeral includes:
· An optional vigil or “wake” service. This may take place in the church or at the funeral home.
· A service in the Church on the day of burial. This service normally includes the celebration of the Eucharist. There is a final Prayer Service at the Cemetery.
Roman Catholics may be cremated, if they wish. (Diocesan Guidelines are available upon request.)
The Funeral Liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. There are two forms of the Funeral Liturgy: the Funeral Mass or the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass. 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.
If you are interested in helping with this ministry or have a loved one who has been called home by God, and you need to schedule a funeral or memorial service, please call and schedule a meeting with us.
760-747-2322 Ext. 209