At Valley of the Temples, we are experienced at planning
Catholic funerals. What sets a Catholic funeral apart from other funeral services? Here
is a closer look at Catholic funeral traditions.
vigil, which is also sometimes called a wake, is a time for family and friends
to gather before the funeral. During the vigil, people pay respects to
the departed loved one and offer support to surviving family members.
Usually, there is a group prayer led by a priest during the vigil as well
as an area for people to pray alone. The casket is usually at the vigil,
either open or closed. A vigil can be held for a single night or may be
held over the course of a few nights at the funeral home.
The mass is the central part of Catholic funerals. During the mass, the
casket is received at the church and the priest leads opening rites, the
liturgy of the word, the liturgy of the Eucharist, and the final committal.
Catholic funeral masses are similar to other Catholic masses. However,
there is no kiss of peace and no burning of the incense. Although eulogies
were excluded from Catholic funerals in the past, churches are now welcoming
them as part of the mass, usually after communion.
Cremation is growing in popularity among Catholic families, but burial
is still part of many Catholic funeral services. Before the burial takes
place, the priest leads a final prayer at the graveside and blesses the
grave and the coffin with holy water.
Valley of the Temples is committed to ensuring every family that chooses
our funeral home is able to honor their customs and traditions. We can
help at all stages of
funeral planning, from tribute videos to grief services. To learn more about our funeral
home, please call (808) 206-7610.