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Tag: Funerals

Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

May 18, 2015 19 Comments
Considering Cremation? A Reflection on the Reverent Interment of Cremated Human Remains

I have written off and on about some of the problems that are setting up around cremation. Of course there has been very little explicit teaching or information available to Catholics to help them to frame their thinking. To assist modestly in that refelction I wrote the following flyer for my own parish. What follows is the […]

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Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass – Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

November 12, 2013 44 Comments
Thoughts on the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass – Not Really as Dark or Dreadful As Many Say

Perhaps as a concluding post on funeral masses, this is my third post on the subject this week (omni trinum perfectum – all things are perfect in three), I would like to re-post an article I wrote over a year ago. Many of the comments these past days mentioned the Traditional Latin Requiem Mass, which […]

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A Funeral Sermon designed to teach on the Last Things, and inspire prayer

November 12, 2013 35 Comments
A Funeral Sermon designed to teach on the Last Things, and inspire prayer

On yesterday’s blog post, I discussed some of the more common problems that arise with funerals these days. That blog post provides the kind of background to the homily I present here. In this homily, I try to teach on what I think are important and central themes that need emphasis in Christian funerals today. […]

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Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things

November 10, 2013 129 Comments
Funeral Foibles. How many Catholic funerals lack balance and do not teach clearly on the Last Things

I was recently asked by the Archdiocese of Washington to lead a workshop for catechists that focused on the catechetical teachings implicit in the funeral rites of the Church. At first, I was somewhat surprised at the request. It didn’t strike me as the first sort of topic that one might speak about when speaking […]

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Ashes to Armaments Dust to Detonation – A Brief Essay on What NOT to do with Cremated Remains

January 18, 2012 67 Comments

Cremation, though permitted by the Church, often presents pastoral problems for the Church. For, as experience shows, many people treat cremated remains (aka, cremains) in ways that would be unthinkable in terms of the more complete body. Some of the most common practices involve scattering the ashes on the ground, pouring them in rivers or […]

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Delight in the Dies Irae!

November 18, 2009 16 Comments

I am of the mind that we set aside a great treasure and masterpiece when the sequence hymn for funeral Masses, Dies Irae got the boot some forty years ago. I know it was a “heavy” hymn with a sobering message, but it sure was glorious. The gorgeous chant was one of the more beautiful […]

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I Wonder If We Forgot Something Important

August 31, 2009 9 Comments

I was busy Saturday….A wedding and later another Mass….So I didn’t get to see wall to wall coverage of the funeral for Senator Edward Kennedy. So… I may have missed something and you will correct me if I’m wrong. But here is my question: Did we pray for the happy reposeof his soul? As I […]

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