The Greatest Event The event unique to our Christian faith is the Resurrection
of Jesus Christ. We first enter into this mystery in Baptism, when
we die to our old selves and are born anew in Christ. Throughout our
lives we die and rise in various ways, embodying the Paschal Mystery
of the Lord. Our bodily death is not an end, but an ultimate passage
to eternal life — the greatest event of our lives.
The Church celebrates the Christian life in her daughters and sons
through rich signs and symbols in prayer and sacraments. These rituals
express our beliefs. This is especially evident in the Order of
Christian Funerals — the rites for the passage of believers
from death to eternal life.
By means of the funeral rites it has been the practice
of the Church, as a tender mother, not simply to commend the dead
to God but also to raise high the hope of its children and to give
witness to its own faith in the future Resurrection of the baptized
with Christ. — Decree for the Order of Funerals, Congregation for Divine Worship, The Vatican: Rome, 1969
The Order of Christian Funerals provides three major liturgical celebrations and prayer moments. Please click to read —
Through the prayers and rituals, the community faithfully accompanies a believer
from the moment of death to a final resting place. Ever prayerfully, the community also supports the bereaved through the early stages of the grieving process.
Acceptance & Creed & Journey
The celebration of the funeral rites expresses an acceptance, a creed and a journey.
The rites accept human mortality & death in the midst of life, ultimately one's own death. We let go, handing our dead and ourselves over to God.
The rites also declare our creed & our faith in Christ, the Risen One who put death to death by His dying and rising to new life. We believe Christ's Resurrection is
our inheritance as His disciples.
Finally, the rites comprise a
movement — an earthly journey from the place of death to
the funeral home…to the church…to the cemetery.
This journey reminds
the faithful of their own journey from grief and sorrow to hope
and peace, from loss and sadness to gain and growth.