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Preparing the Liturgy of the Word at Catholic Funerals

Various authors including Paul H. Colloton, osfs and Mary G. Fox

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Preparing a funeral Mass can be a both painful and grace-filled experience. Designed to simplify the process and provide hope for salvation, Eternal Rest in the Lord guides families through each of the possible Scripture readings that may be selected for a Catholic funeral Mass. This resource will help grieving families find comfort in God’s love and mercy during this difficult time of loss.

Eternal Rest in the Lord provides families with:

  • Full texts of the readings for funerals for adults, baptized children, and unbaptized children
  • Pastoral reflections on each reading that attend to the needs of those who grieve
  • At-a-glance reference offering reasons for why families might select a particular reading, helping to connect it to the life of the deceased loved one
  • Suggestions for other readings that fit well together
  • Understanding of the parts of the Liturgy of the Word at a Catholic funeral Mass
  • Guidance for writing the Prayer of the Faithful, along with sample texts
  • Selection form to turn in to the parish

Paul H. Colloton, osfs, Mary G. Fox, Corinna Laughlin, and Lorie Simmons contributed to this resource.

"This valuable new resource provides helpful background and reflections on Scripture options for the Liturgy of the Word, offering support to liturgical ministers and family members gathered to choose readings, psalms, and intercessions for a funeral liturgy. It includes a practical form giving references for the location of Scriptures texts related to specific situations—all aimed at remembering the life of a deceased loved one in relationship to the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, as well as the season of the year."
—S. Marilyn Mark, OSB, Pastoral Associate, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Hyde Park, Utah

"When a loved one dies, famlies look to peresonalize the funeral experience. With biblical resources and contextual understanding, this book bridges the pastoral need to provide liturgy that is personal while using the riches of Catholic tradition."
—Rachel Doll O'Mahoney, Lay Ecclesial Minister

"An invaluable resource for promoting the consoling power of the Scriptures amidst the transition and loss surrounding the funeral liturgy."
—J. Nicholas Coffman, Director of Liturgy and Adult Faith Formation, St. Thomas the Apostle, Billings, Montanna

"Eternal Rest in the Lord offers tools to help guide grieving families and loved ones in choosing the readings for the funeral liturgy that best serve the particular situation and circumstance. Parishes can offer this practical and prayerful aid to the grieving as one way of accompanying them on their journey toward healing"
—Margaret Stepan, Liturgical Minister, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Grand Junction, Colorado