Christian funerary traditions

Authored by: Thomas G. Long

The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138852075
eBook ISBN: 9781315723747
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315723747.ch4

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Abstract

A Christian funeral is essentially understood today to be a service of worship, conducted on the occasion of a person’s death, in which customarily praise and prayers are offered to God, the hope of resurrection inaugurated by Jesus Christ is proclaimed, words of comfort and consolation are offered to the mourners, and the life of the deceased is remembered.

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