Mass of Christian Burial
The Rites of the Church
All the baptized are entitled to the full Rite of Christian Burial.  You and your family will experience the Rite of Christian Burial in three distinct and important parts:
 
The Wake Service
This will take place during the visiting hours at the funeral home you have chosen.  
 
The Funeral Liturgy
“The funeral liturgy is the central liturgical celebration of the Christian community for the deceased. At the funeral liturgy all 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.” Taken from the “Order of Christian Funerals”, 1989.
 
This is almost always celebrated within a Mass.  The bodily remains are honored by being brought to the Church.  We celebrate the life of the deceased in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
 
The Committal
“The rite of committal, the conclusion of the funeral rites, is the final act of the community of faith in caring for the body of its deceased member. In committing the body to its resting place, the community expresses the hope that, with all those who have gone before marked with the sign of faith, the deceased awaits the glory of the resurrection.” Taken from the “Order of Christian Funerals”.
 
A parish priest or deacon will accompany the remains and the family to the cemetery, where the Rite of Christian Burial will conclude with the prayers of Committal and Final Commendation. 

  
 
If you are visiting this page due to the loss of a loved one, please accept our sincere condolences.

The following information is provided to assist in the preparation of the Mass of Christian Burial at OLL.  You are also invited to visit the Catholic Cemeteries website of the Archdioceses of Newark for more information.

 


 
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