In Singapore Catholic funeral services, the Church seeks to pray for the soul of the deceased in the afterlife as well as provide comfort to the deceased’s family, in prayer with the rest of the Church. Canon Law governs strictly who can or cannot receive the Catholic funeral rites. If in doubt, a Parish priest should always be consulted.
Overview of the Catholic Funeral Rites
The Catholic Funeral rites consist of 3 parts:
- Funeral Mass
This Service, also known at the wake, brings friends and family of the deceased together to remember the deceased. Typically, the vigil includes prayers lead by a priest or appropriate church member. A eulogy is said at the end by a family member or friend to recollect meaningful events and reminisce the memory of the deceased. There is also the singing of hymns as well as readings and reflection of the bible to comfort the friends and family of the deceased in spiritual gathering, reminding them that Christ triumphed death and promised eternal life.
At the beginning of the Funeral Mass, just before the procession into the church, the casket is sprinkled with holy water, as a symbolic reminder of the deceased baptism. The procession itself will stop just before the alter. Thereafter, an open bible plus crucifix (the Christian symbol of unconditional love and forgiveness) is usually placed on top of the casket.
Even though Funeral (or Requiem) Mass follows a strict prescribed format that is guided by Catholic traditions and contained in the Roman Missal, Singapore Catholic churches generally do allow for some non-traditional secular elements to be incorporated, including eulogies and remembrances. This is to make the Mass for meaningful for the family and friends present. That said, the primary focus of the Mass is worship and as such, secular elements should be kept to a minimum and played out at the Vigil instead.
The funeral mass is believed to:
- Give thanks and praise to God
- Remind people of Christ’s promise of eternal life
- Pray for the safe passage of the deceased soul into God’s loving mercy and care
- To appeal to God to be merciful on the deceased person’s soul in purgatory.
At times when a Funeral Mass cannot be celebrated (e.g during the Easter Triduum), the Funeral Liturgy (without the Mass) can still be celebrated.
This is usually occurs at the burial ground, however in recent years, cremation is allowed too. At the final place of gathering, the body is committed to rest with the hope of rising again during resurrection. Led by a priest or deacon, prayers are said for the deceased as family and friends gather to offer their final prayers and blessings for the deceased. This final rite concludes and gives closure to the Catholic Funeral process.
Role of a Funeral Director
While Catholics can always turn to the Church for guidance on funeral matters, having a Funeral Director familiar with planning and arranging Catholic funeral services is always useful. A good undertaker will have all the Catholic funeral requirements at his fingertips and can thus help take away the stress of making funeral arrangements.
Why Solace (安祥殡葬礼仪)?
The Tee Family has been in the funeral trade since 1965, helping bereaved Singapore families of all race and religion with all types of funeral arrangements. And with Solace, being helmed by our founder, Damien Tee (a third generation Tee family funeral director), you are assured of an experienced funeral services provider whenever you hire us. With us, you can expect a memorable and dignified farewell for your deceased loved one.
In addition, we are affordably priced, with our Catholic funeral packages starting from only $4,000. More importantly, you do not have to worry about hidden charges, as all items included in our funeral packages are transparently listed.
At Solace (安祥殡葬礼仪), we understand your grief and know that this is a difficult time for you. Hence, all our staff have been trained to be extra sensitive and attentive to your every need throughout the wake and funeral proceedings. By leaving the funeral logistics to us, you can have peace of mind knowing that every minute detail will be taken care of, and that the end result is always a smooth running, stress-free and well arranged funeral.
Getting in Touch with Us
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