Roman CatholicsWeek 1Funeral Directing & Professional Relationships
Roman Catholics • Founded by:   Jesus Christ   aka Jesus of Nazareth,        King of the Jews        (INRI)   1st century ...
Roman Catholics  • Monotheistic    (originated from Judaism)  • 10 Commandments  • Jesus is the son of God  • Holy Trinity...
Roman Catholics • Pope =        Father of the Church,        Bishop of Rome,        Head of Catholic Church • College of C...
Roman Catholics  …  • Bishops =        head of a diocese        (100s of parishes)       diocese = grouping by       geogr...
Roman Catholics: church layout  • Chancel = area around the    altar, made of the    Sanctuary & Choir    • Sanctuary = ar...
Roman Catholics: church layout  • Sacristy = storage room    adjacent to chancel where    vestments are kept  • Transept =...
Roman Catholics: funerals• Very formal  • Follow liturgy• All Catholics buried with a mass  • The Eucharist is given    = ...
Roman Catholics: funerals  • Notification of clergy    • No longer immediate    • Do communicate for church arrangements  ...
Roman Catholics: funerals  • Removal of remains    • No restrictions    • Maybe special prayers for clergy member  • Prepa...
Roman Catholics: funerals    • Dressing & Casketing           • Ask family about religious articles           • Dressing i...
Roman Catholics: funerals  • Place remains in funeral home with:      •   Vigil candle (Paschal candle) at each end of cas...
Roman Catholics: the wake  • Wake = Rosary Service    • Usually at funeral home, family home or church      the evening be...
Roman Catholics: the mass• Funeral Mass is held at church• BODY MUST BE PRESENT• Pre-mass:  • Variations in where to meet,...
Roman Catholics: the mass  • Processional:                           altar    1. Crucifer    2. Acolytes (altar attendants...
Roman Catholics: the mass  • The Mass:    • Casket is placed; Priest goes to altar; Family sits;      FD may leave church ...
Roman Catholics: committal  • If burial    • Cemetery employee leads procession to gravesite  • If cremation    • (allowed...
Roman Catholics: extra terms• Genuflect =  The act of bending the knee  as an indication of reverence  or as an act of hum...
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Catholic Funeral Rites

  1. 1. Roman CatholicsWeek 1Funeral Directing & Professional Relationships
  2. 2. Roman Catholics • Founded by: Jesus Christ aka Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews (INRI) 1st century AD in Judea (Roman Empire) • IHS = first three letters of Ἰησοῦς (Greek for Jesus)
  3. 3. Roman Catholics • Monotheistic (originated from Judaism) • 10 Commandments • Jesus is the son of God • Holy Trinity: One God, three Persons • God the Father • God the Son • God the Holy Spirit • Born in original sin; must be baptized for salvation Papyrus 46
  4. 4. Roman Catholics • Pope = Father of the Church, Bishop of Rome, Head of Catholic Church • College of Cardinals = Princes of the Church (advisors to the Pope) • a dignity conferred upon bishops • Archbishops = head of an archdiocese (a grouping of dioceses) …
  5. 5. Roman Catholics … • Bishops = head of a diocese (100s of parishes) diocese = grouping by geographic location • Monsignor = Honorary title for priest • Parish Priest • Deacon • Eucharistic Minister [ Brothers / Nuns ]
  6. 6. Roman Catholics: church layout • Chancel = area around the altar, made of the Sanctuary & Choir • Sanctuary = area containing the altar • Altar = focal point of church; elevated area for communion • Nave = seating area
  7. 7. Roman Catholics: church layout • Sacristy = storage room adjacent to chancel where vestments are kept • Transept = wings of the church • Narthex = vestibule / entryway • Gospel = left side of church contains pulpit • Epistle = right side of church contains lecturn
  8. 8. Roman Catholics: funerals• Very formal • Follow liturgy• All Catholics buried with a mass • The Eucharist is given = Communion• Hold funeral in church where sacraments were given • i.e. baptism, confirmation, etc.• No charge, but honorarium encourage (expected)• Celebrant can be: priest, bishop, deacon, etc. Eucharist; chalice / calix; host
  9. 9. Roman Catholics: funerals • Notification of clergy • No longer immediate • Do communicate for church arrangements • Christian Burial Certificate = Priestly Lines = a letter or form from a priest starting the eligibility of the deceased for funeral rites according to the laws of the Catholic Church • (for non-Catholics, stillborns, etc.) • Most relevant for cemeteries
  10. 10. Roman Catholics: funerals • Removal of remains • No restrictions • Maybe special prayers for clergy member • Preparation of remains • No restrictions • Maybe special monastery embalming for clergy members
  11. 11. Roman Catholics: funerals • Dressing & Casketing • Ask family about religious articles • Dressing is family’s choice • Clergy members are buried in their vestmentsCrucifix Rosary Sacred Heart
  12. 12. Roman Catholics: funerals • Place remains in funeral home with: • Vigil candle (Paschal candle) at each end of casket • Prie dieu (kneeler) in front of casket • Crucifix behind foot panel of casket • Conveniently located prayer card stand • Flowers
  13. 13. Roman Catholics: the wake • Wake = Rosary Service • Usually at funeral home, family home or church the evening before the Funeral Mass • Arrange with the priest! • Reflection on the meaning of life, death, & eternal life • Led by anyone • Scripture readings selected by family/priest • May have acclamations (responses) • NOT a substitution for the Funeral Mass
  14. 14. Roman Catholics: the mass• Funeral Mass is held at church• BODY MUST BE PRESENT• Pre-mass: • Variations in where to meet, who leads prayers • Family is given final moments • FD closes casket; places crucifix on top• Processional begins with casket in narthex• Celebrant blesses casket with asperges (holy water)• Casket is covered in pall
  15. 15. Roman Catholics: the mass • Processional: altar 1. Crucifer 2. Acolytes (altar attendants): 1 with holy water, 1 with incense 3. Celebrant 4. FD 5. Casket FEET FIRST & casketbearers 6. Family • Placement: • Layperson or nun: feet at altar • Clergy: head at altar
  16. 16. Roman Catholics: the mass • The Mass: • Casket is placed; Priest goes to altar; Family sits; FD may leave church • Bible readings (Psalms & the Gospel) • Homily & eulogy • Communion • Final Commendation • Recessional • Again, feet first!
  17. 17. Roman Catholics: committal • If burial • Cemetery employee leads procession to gravesite • If cremation • (allowed only since 1963) • Cremains must be buried or entombed in consecrated ground or columbarium (NOT SCATTERED) • Committal service: • Psalm, scripture reading, invocation, prayer
  18. 18. Roman Catholics: extra terms• Genuflect = The act of bending the knee as an indication of reverence or as an act of humility• Scapular = amice = A piece of cloth or a medal with religious significance, usually worn around the neck• Sign of the cross = A gesture of the right hand touching the forehead, breast, left and right should successively

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