The following information is provided to assist in the preparation of the Mass of Christian Burial at St Theresa and St Christopher. You are also invited to visit the Diocese of Providence’s Catholic Cemeteries website for more information.
The Rites of the Church
All baptized are entitled to the full Rite of Christian Burial. You and your family will experience the Rite of Christian Burial in three distinct and important parts:
The Wake Service
This will take place during the visiting hours at the funeral home you have chosen. A member of the Parish Staff will lead this service of prayer and Scripture. At this time someone from the family, or a friend, may wish to remember the deceased by sharing personal memories, as in a eulogy.
The Funeral Liturgy
This is the most important part of the celebration of Christian Burial. This is almost always celebrated within a Mass. The bodily remains are honored by being brought to the Church. We celebrate the life of the deceased in the whole context of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
A parish priest or deacon will accompany the remains and the family to the cemetery, where the Rite of Christian Burial will conclude with the prayers of Committal and Final Commendation. Should one wish to speak in memory of the deceased, as in a eulogy or a remembrance, the Funeral Rite allows for such to usually take place as part of the Prayer of Commendation that will be prayed at the cemetery.
The Time and Place of the Funeral Liturgy
A funeral may be celebrated on any day of the week except Sundays and Holy Days. There are also some restrictions concerning funerals during Holy Week. The priest will discuss these restrictions as they apply.
The funeral liturgy is ordinarily celebrated in the parish church.
Planning the Funeral Liturgy
The funeral liturgy is one of the most beautiful and meaningful celebrations of the Church. Your family has the option of personalizing the Mass by choosing the Scripture readings and by requesting specific hymns.
When choosing scriptures, there should be one reading from the Old Testament, and one reading from the New Testament. Although you can choose from the whole Bible, the texts contained within this document are especially appropriate.
- All Readings
- New Testament Funeral Readings
- Old Testament Funeral Readings
- Gospel Readings
The Music Ministry at St Theresa and St Christopher is under the direction of our Coordinator of Music Ministries, Nancy Smith. Please contact her at the St Theresa Rectory to plan appropriate music for the Funeral Mass. ONLY OUR PARISH MUSICIANS CAN BE USED AT ST THERESA AND ST CHRISTOPHER.
Please know that only sacred music is appropriate for a Mass of Christian Burial and only sacred music can be used at St Theresa and St Christopher. Pop music, Broadway show tunes, Rock songs or folk songs are not appropriate for the Mass of Christian Burial.