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As we celebrate Memorial Day, let us give thanks for the willingness of so many to sacrifice their lives so that we may freely live. Thank a veteran today. May the fallen and their many sacrifices never be forgotten. And may the days of war and violence soon be behind us forever through God’s grace.
After prayer, consultation with other priests, and per the norms from the Ritual of Christian Funerals, there will be a change in past practice with regard to Eulogies at Funeral Masses. The Ritual says, “A brief homily based on the readings is always given after the gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service; but there is never to be a eulogy. Attentive to the grief of those present, the homilist should dwell on God’s compassionate love and on the Paschal Mystery of the Lord” (Christian Funerals, #27). The ritual is clear that eulogies do not belong in the liturgy; and so, we will no longer do so here at St Mary’s.
If a family or friend would like to perform a eulogy, the proper place for that would be immediately after the vigil service / rosary at the funeral home or immediately following the graveside committal service at the cemetery. Eulogies would still be permitted at a simple funeral home service, if no Mass were offered.
On that point, Catholics ought to have a Mass of Christian Burial rather than a simple funeral home service, unless there are extenuating pastoral reasons which have been discussed with the priest-pastor. While funerals help those left behind to grieve and mourn, the Funeral Mass is prayed and offered to intercede for God’s Mercy and Forgiveness upon the departed. What better way to pray for the soul of our dearly departed, than by offering the one true Sacrifice of Jesus Christ by which all salvation is made possible. A Mass is rarely, if ever, offered at a funeral home in lieu of the church building proper.
School’s out, but please don’t take a summer break from the Mass. God’s love never takes a break, so why would our practice of praising, worshiping, and loving Him in the communal Liturgy of the Mass? St Mary, Pray for us. ~ Fr. Gries