Funeral Liturgy


Order of Mass of Christian burial


Introductory Rites

  • Greeting (family will gather at the baptismal font at the entrance to the nave)
  • Sprinkling with Holy Water (casket or urn is brought to baptismal font & blessed)
  • Placing of the pall* if casket present (*large white cloth reminding us of our baptism)
  • Entrance Procession with casket or urn
  • Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word (Scripture Readings)

  • First Reading
  • Responsorial Psalm (sung by cantor)
  • Second Reading
  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Gospel (read by priest or deacon)
  • Homily
  • General Intercessions


Liturgy of the Eucharist

  • Presentation of the Gifts (bread & wine) and Preparation of the Altar
  • Prayer over the Offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer
    • Preface/Introductory prayers
    • Holy, Holy, Holy
    • Memorial Acclamation
    • Great Amen
  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Lamb of God
  • Reception of Holy Communion **
  • Prayer after Holy Communion


Final Commendation

  • Invitation to Prayer
  • Song of Farewell (Casket incensed, if present)
  • Prayer of Commendation
  • Sending Forth

**Practicing Catholics who are not conscious of serious sin and have observed the one- hour fast (water & medication excluded) may receive Holy Communion. Non-Catholics are welcome to approach the priest with arms crossed over the chest for a blessing.

Adapted from The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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