The Rite of Christian Burial

For Christians, the Rite of Christian Burial brings hope and consolation to the living.

While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to the Christian hope in the resurrection, the complete funeral rites also recall to bereaved families God’s mercy and love and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of crisis. As Catholics, we want to guarantee that our Catholic beliefs are recognized and honored when it comes to our final wishes, but unfortunately, many faithful and devoted Catholics are not aware of what these Rites are and how they should be celebrated. This pamphlet was created to help explain the components of a Catholic burial, and steps you can take to make your wishes known. As in Baptism we became a member of the Catholic Church family – in death we preserve our faith, our Catholic rites, and our unquestioning beliefs in God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“I am not dying; I am entering life.”
St. Therese of Lisieux, The Last Conversations