Christian Funeral Rites: A Manual for BEC and Zone Co-ordinators
The Catholic funeral Mass and Rites are some of the most beautiful rituals of the Church, meant for the deceased as well as their loved ones who are left in sorrow.
In the Catholic funeral (from wake to funeral Mass to graveside committal), we commend our loved ones to the mercy of God. We also entrust ourselves, praying for God’s comfort and peace at a time of loss.
The Catholic funeral, in its depth of ritual and meaning, reminds us that the grave has been overcome by the death and resurrection of Christ our Lord, giving us true hope which comforts and heals our sorrow.
This manual is a tool on Christian Funeral Rites for BEC and zone co- ordinators so that they can provide the appropriate liturgical, pastoral and theological guidance, advice and assistance to bereaved families in their communities.
It was created to guide BEC and zone co-ordinators on the practical aspects of the Funeral while at the same time explaining the theological and liturgical aspects of why we do what we do.