Through Death to Life (Revised, Paperback)

Preparing to Celebrate the Funeral Mass

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: February 20, 2012

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More than one million bereaved Catholic families have drawn comfort from the pastoral wisdom of Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin (1930-2008) in Through Death to Life since its original publication in 1979. This leading Catholic funeral planning resource contains all of the approved lectionary readings and other liturgical texts needed to celebrate a funeral Mass. Two distinct numbering systems in the volume coincide with official liturgical books as well as Ave’s Funeral Mass and Rite of Committal card set for presiders.

This easy-to-use aid is a practical tool for priests, deacons, and lay pastoral ministers as they help grieving Catholics plan the funeral of a loved one. Families can select the readings and prayers that they find most fitting for the Mass and record them on an easy-to-follow selection sheet, which is included with the book. This information is given to the presiding priest or his designate to prepare the funeral liturgy.

A comforting pastoral introduction and an appendix explaining Church teaching on the practice of cremation are included.

This booklet is also available in Spanish.

Product Details

Pages: 128

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781646801473

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

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When planning a Catholic Funeral Mass, this document explains the symbols and rituals of the Mass to make it more understandable and comforting for you.

To plan the Funeral Mass, use this Selection Sheet to choose the readings, prayers, and songs. Download the form and send it to the pastor or funeral coordinator at your parish.

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