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Funeral Preparation

Outline of the Mass

As a source of reference, here a brief outline of the Catholic funteral rite during Mass. A brief gathering rite serves as an introduction to the Liturgy of the Word. The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows, concluded by the Final Commendation and procession to the place of commital.
Gathering Rite

The body and mourners are greeted ritually near the church entrance; the pall, a sign of baptism, is placed on the casket.

Gathering Song


Opening Prayer


Liturgy of the Word
Not merely readings, the proclamation of the Word is an encounter with God speaking through Scripture. Therefore, non-Biblical readings are not appropriate. Reading choices presented here are the Church’s selection of readings for Catholic funerals.

Old Testament Reading Normally a text from the Old Testament (excluding the Psalms), from the New Testament during the Easter season.
Responsorial Psalm

A musical selection of a Psalm or an appointed Biblical canticle, sung in refrain-verse format (hence “responsorial”).

New Testament Reading

A reading from the letters of Paul or one of the apostles.

Gospel Acclamation



Proclaimed by the priest from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.


Not a eulogy, but a reflection on the Scripture passages which have been proclaimed.

General Intercessions

Prayers for the deceased, the family, and the greater good of the Church and of the world.

Liturgy of the Eucharist
“Eucharist” means thanksgiving, and is the sacramental encounter with God. The Liturgy of the Eucharist is the ritual action of the words of consecration: Jesus took, blessed, broke and gave the bread and wine as his Body and Blood.

Preparation of the Gifts

The altar is prepared and gifts of bread and wine are brought forward.

Eucharistic Prayer

The central prayer of the Mass.

The Lord's Prayer

The Our Father is best recited, so all gathered can participate.

Breaking of the Bread

The bread is broken accompanied by the “Lamb of God” litany.


The Body and Blood of Christ are distributed.

Prayer after Communion  

Final Commendation  
Family Remembrance

A time is optional, just before the final commendation begins. According to archdiocesan directives, only one person is permitted to speak, and should prepare in writing, a brief remembrance of 3-5 minutes.

Invitation to Prayer


Silent Prayer

A time for individual prayer for the deceased.

Song of Farwell

May be accompanied by the incensing of the body.

Procession to the Place of Committal



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