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Thoughts on the Funeral Mass

The Funeral mass is the central Liturgical Celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. It is appropriate that the community should gather in the presence of the deceased, and do what they do together each Sunday – keep the memory of the Lord as they celebrate Eucharist. The Eucharist says all that we want to say about the life giving death of Christ, into which mystery we were initiated through Baptism. It also enables us interpret the death of a deceased person against the death of Christ. It offers us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet to which we are invited. Eucharistic Communion unites all the faithful, living and dead, with Christ.

At the conclusion of the funeral mass the community make their final farewell to one of their own whom they now entrust to the loving mercy of God. We now hear the language of ‘separation’ and hope. We recall the invitation extended through Christ, that we enter into his heavenly kingdom. Voice is given in the prayers to our faith, which tells us that we will be reunited, one day, with our deceased brothers and sisters.

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