Order of the Funeral Mass

Jean GreenFuneral Coordinator
(602) 867-9171 x308

Below is the outline of the Order for Christian Funerals so that you may plan your liturgy and choose the scripture readings.

Introductory Rites

Sprinkling with Holy Water
Placing of the Pall (done by the family members or friends)
Placing of Christian symbols (done by family members or friends)
Opening Hymn (choose from the list) -
Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading (you may choose from Old Testament or New Testament if you only have one reading. During the Easter Season, you may have two New Testament readings.)
Psalm (sung by the Director of Music)
Second Reading (optional to have a 2nd reading; from the New Testament - you may choose from the Scripture list)
Gospel (you may choose from the Scripture list, but will be read by the priest or deacon)

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of the Gifts Hymn (choose from the list)
Presentation of the Gifts (choose family members or friends to bring up the gifts)
Continuation of the Mass as usual
Communion Hymn (choose from the list)

As mentioned earlier, the appropriate place for family and friends sharing, or the offering of a eulogy or reflection, is at the Vigil. One person may speak who will limit the comments to three to four minutes. It is requested that the person write out their comments and that it be appropriate material.

Final Commendation

Invitation to Prayer
Song of Farewell
Prayer of Commendation
Recessional Hymn (choose from the list)
Procession to the Place of Committal (to the cemetery)