The Catholic funeral Rites. What are they and why should you insist upon them?

The Catholic Church’s funeral rites are full of powerful prayers, consoling liturgies, and most importantly, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass — all offered to implore God’s mercy for the deceased. Much more than a mere celebration of life, the Mass is the ultimate prayer, a participation in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus, and denying so great a prayer is a tragedy. Father Daren Zehnle explains the three parts of the Catholic funeral rites and the importance behind each one and why you should pre-plan your funeral at a Catholic funeral home to ensure this all takes place.

“These treasures of our faith not only pray for the dead, a Corporal Work of Mercy, but also provide emotional and spiritual support for the family and friends who remain. We have no idea how important this rite is for the person who died.”