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|Meeting Christ in the Liturgy|
Instruction of the Roman Missal
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Although the rite of final commendation at the catafalque or pall is excluded, it is permitted to celebrate the funeral service, including the commendations, in those cases where it is physically or morally impossible for the body of the deceased person to be present (November, 1970).
For other adaptations in the funeral Mass and service, see the «Rite of Funerals» (1971); «Newsletter» of the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, April - May, 1971. The following refer directly to the Eucharistic celebration:
The homily may properly include an expression of praise and gratitude to God for his gifts, particularly the gift of a Christian life, to the deceased person. The homily should relate Christian death to the paschal mystery of the Lord's victorious death and resurrection and to the hope of eternal life.
It is desirable that members of the family or friends of the deceased person participate in the usual offering of the bread and wine for the celebration of the Eucharist, together with other gifts for the needs of the Church and of the poor.
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