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Funeral Service Outline

This first Funeral Service Outline on this page is taken from the book of Common Worship. It gives a general outline order for funeral services.

There are many variations depending on your religious beliefs. We have included a Catholic Funeral Service outline on this page as well. Your funeral director or clergy can help you with the structure of the service that is suitable for your loved one. We have tried to explain what happens in each stage of the ceremony.

  • Funeral Service Outline Order

    The Gathering
    The coffin may be received at the door by the minister
    Sentences of Scripture may be used
    The minister welcomes the people and introduces the service
    A tribute or tributes may be made
    Authorized Prayers of Penitence may be used
    The Collect may be said here or in the Prayers

    Readings and Sermon
    One or more readings from the Bible is used
    Psalms or hymns may follow the readings
    A sermon is preached

    Prayers
    The prayers usually follow this sequence:
    Thanksgiving for the life of the departed
    Prayer for those who mourn
    Prayers of Penitence (if not already used)
    Prayer for readiness to live in the light of eternity

    Commendation and Farewell
    The deceased is commended to God with authorised words

    The Committal
    The body is committed to its resting place with authorised words

    The Dismissal
    The service may end with a blessing

  • Memorial Service Outline

    A Memorial Service is very similar to a Funeral Service but there are one or two differences. For this reason we include an outline order for this service as well.

    The Gathering
    The minister welcomes the people and introduces the service
    Sentences of Scripture may be used
    Authorized Prayers of Penitence may be used
    The Collect may be said here or in the Prayers

    Readings and Sermon
    One or more readings from the Bible is used
    Psalms or hymns may follow the readings
    Other songs and readings may be used and a tribute or tributes made
    A sermon is preached, testimony may be given and an authorised Creed or Affirmation of Faith may be used

    Prayers
    The prayers usually follow this sequence:
    Thanksgiving for the life of the departed
    Prayer for those who mourn
    Prayers of Penitence (if not already used)
    Prayer for readiness to live in the light of eternity

    Commendation and Dismissal
    The deceased is commended to God with authorised words
    The service may end with a blessing

  • Catholic Service Outline

    This a basic outline of a catholic funeral service. There is an optional section which is only included if the funeral service is held during Mass.

    Processional Hymn/Music
    Welcome
    Tribute or Eulogy
    Opening Prayers
    1st Reading
    Responsorial Psalm or Hymn/Music
    2nd Reading
    Gospel Acclamation
    Gospel Reading
    Homily
    Prayer of the Faithful

    Only if funeral service held during Mass

    Presentation of Gifts
    Offertory Hymn/Music
    Communion
    Communion Hymn/Music

    Prayers of Farewell & Final Commendation
    Recessional Hymn/Music

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