Funeral Eucharist

02 November 2006

Is it possible to ensure that one's funeral will be a requiem mas(without going over to Rome)?

Care over the eventuality of one's own funeral service is, from a Christiaviewpoint, highly commendable. A requiem mass is indeed a most powerfustatement of Easter faith, which places death within the Paschal mystery thais sacramentally celebrated at the altar.
There is no need to loobeyond the borders of the Anglican Church, in which funeral eucharists arcommon practice. Our revised service books make appropriate provision fothem.
To ensure compliance with one's wishes, a specific requesfor a requiem mass in a will or codicil thereto will be all that is necessaryRecourse to a reputable funeral directorate that offers pre-arranged funeraplans will have the added bonus of recording in every detail, for futurreference, one's wish to have a requiem; and such information will be honoure
It would be necessary to indicate whether the requiem mass is to be held othe evening before the funeral, or earlier on the same day, or whether thentire service shall be within the eucharistic setting, as patterned anstructured in Common Worship: Pastoral Services
(Canon) Terry Palmer
Magor, Monmouthshire

Ask your parish priest. I have already set out my funeral service, includinhymns and readings, as part of a requiem mass. My vicar has the instructions ia locked drawer in his study. An Anglo-Catholic church would, I imaginesuggest a requiem mass as a matter of course, followed by a "committal only" athe crematorium, if so desire
Stephen Malton
Ham, Surrey

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