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In planning the liturgy you will need to:

· Provide your priest with some biographical information about your deceased loved one that will help him in preparing the funeral homily.

· Select the readings for the funeral Mass. Depending on the circumstances, you may decide to have either one or two readings before the gospel reading. Should you decide to have two readings before the gospel, it is preferable to have a different reader for each.

· Select the responsorial psalm, which comes between the first and second readings. You will find a number of responsorial psalms in this booklet, but, again, you are free to choose others. In making your choice, you should take into account the Church’s recommendation that, if at all possible, the responsorial psalm or the response to it should be sung.

· Choose or compose the general inter­cessions, which come after the homily. In the general intercessions we pray not only for the deceased and his or her family and friends but also for all the dead and those who mourn them, and for the needs of the wider community. You will find a selection of general intercessions in this booklet. One or more family members should read the general intercessions.

· Choose family members or friends of the deceased to bring the gifts of bread and wine to the altar. You should keep in mind, though, that the presentation of the gifts is not the time to carry up personal memorabilia or symbols of the life of the deceased. The best time is at the end of the Mass, during the final commendation and farewell.

· Choose the hymns and music for the funeral Mass. The hymns should be selected from those regularly sung during Sunday Mass, and should express our strong belief in the resurrection, which is the basis of Christian hope. They should not include favourite secular songs or music of the deceased not appropriate for a funeral liturgy.

 

PLANNING YOUR LOVED ONE’S FUNERAL LITURGY

The Church encourages you to be as fully involved as you can in planning your loved one’s funeral liturgy. It is the final journey of your loved one. In the liturgy, we celebrate

· the life of faith of your loved one

· we commend him or her to the Lord

· we support and pray for all those who mourn

· we seek strength in the promise of the Lord that he will not forget his own.

 

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