OFW Guidelines

The Order of Christian Funerals, 1989 edition (OCF), is the only canonically approved liturgical rite in English. In Spanish El Ritual de las Exequias Cristianas 2001 edition is approved for use in the dioceses of the United States of America. All previous editions of the Order of Christian Funerals should be retired. Ministers serving in communities with other diverse languages should use the current approved translation of the Latin, Ordo Exsequiarium.

The Order of Christian Funerals describes the church’s ministry to the deceased and their family in these words: “At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic table, the Church intercedes on behalf of the deceased because of its confident belief that death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life. The Church also ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist” (OCF, General Introduction, no. 4)

The Office of Divine Worship will provide the new Funeral Guidelines soon. 

We encourage you to visit the Liturgical Resources page to learn more about the Ministry of Consolation, suggested Hymns for Funeral Liturgy and other information.

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