Order of a Funeral Mass

Order of Funeral Mass

Introductory Rites

(Please stand)

  • Greeting (family will gather in front of church & process in with priest)
  • Sprinkling with Holy Water (casket or urn is brought to baptismal font & blessed)
  • Placing of the pall* if casket present (*large white cloth reminding us of our baptism)
  • Entrance Procession with casket or urn
  • Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word (Scripture Readings)

(Please be seated)

  • First Reading
  • Responsorial Psalm (sung by cantor)
  • Second Reading

(Please stand)

  • Gospel Acclamation
  • Gospel (read by priest or deacon)

(Please be seated)

  • Homily

(Please stand)

  • Prayers of the Faithful

Liturgy of the Eucharist

(Please be seated)

  • Presentation of the Gifts (bread & wine) and Preparation of the Altar
  • Casket incensed, if present
  • Prayer over the Offerings
  • Eucharistic Prayer
    • Preface/Introductory prayers
    • Holy, Holy, Holy

(Please kneel, if able)

  • First half of prayer, including Consecration
  • Mystery of Faith
  • Second half of prayer

(Please stand)

  • The Lord’s Prayer
  • Sign of Peace
  • Lamb of God

(Please kneel, if able)

  • Reception of Holy Communion **
  • Eulogy may be given after reception of Holy Communion. Please be seated during this time.
  • Prayer after Holy Communion

Concluding Rites

(Please stand)

  • Final Prayers for Deceased
  • Song of Farewell
  • Dismissal

**Practicing Catholics who are not conscious of serious sin and have observed the one- hour fast (water & medication excluded) may receive Holy Communion. Non-Catholics are welcome to approach the priest with arms crossed over the chest for a blessing.

Adapted from The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


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