Catholic Funerals – Face the Reality of Death but with an Attitude of Trust
Divinity Funerals – The Best Catholic FuneralsAs Catholics, we worship God and offer thanksgiving for the person’s life during the rites of the funeral. We believe He has given us the gift of life and after demise, we can be united with Him after purification. We pray and thank God for the gift of everlasting life, ask for forgiveness of sin for the person who has died. The Church calls each member of Christ’s Body to care for the dying, to pray for the dead, to comfort those who mourn. As the faithful are called to a ministry of consolation when a member of Christ’s Body dies.
What happens at Catholic funerals?
A catholic person believes in immortality and hence, it is very much depicted in the funeral ceremony. In this, people believe that the person who has died would be adjudged either heaven, hell, or purgatory. This is one of the prime reasons why in catholic funerals, the mourners pray that the person or the deceased one gets into heaven.
There are certain elements in a catholic funeral. These are—
- A vigil service or a prayer service with the family members and friends with the cremated body is held. In this, the casket is kept either closed or open.
- A funeral mass (with the body) or memorial mass (in case the body is not present) is conducted.
Are catholic funerals an open casket funeral?
Catholic funerals are conducted as per the catholic norms and regulations. However, as far as whether the catholic funeral is an open casket funeral or not is concerned, it can be both open and closed. It completely depends on the family members who would decide whether it would be kept opened or closed. Therefore, there is no strictness on this ground. It will be closed (if opened) just before the procession and thereafter would remain closed. Catholic funerals are rich in tradition and rituals. There would be prayers commonly called vigil service. It is also called the rosary or wake service where respect is paid to the decedent and the family members.
What does red mean at a funeral?
Any kind of funeral is a time of grief for a family. Therefore, it is necessary to be a part of their sorrow in hard times. For this, certain etiquette, commonly called funeral etiquette is followed and every individual attending should abide by this. In catholic funerals where dark muted colors are considered to be the sign of mourning and sadness. On the other hand, bright bold colors put in a wrong impression. This goes with the red as well. Red at any of the catholic funerals means a sign of disrespect. Hence, at funerals, bold and bright colors should always be avoided.