Catholic Funeral Service Order-of-Service Template

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Use or adapt this order-of-service template when planning a Catholic funeral. You can complete and print it as is, and give copies to those attending. You can include the transliterations and English translations of the communal prayers offered here. You can also insert the information gathered here as part of a more elaborate funeral or memorial service program that's distributed before the service.

This template should produce an order of service that looks similar to this sample. If you're unfamiliar with Catholic funeral services, see FAQ: How Is a Catholic Funeral Service Different From Other Funeral Services?

Those attending or participating in the service will usually find it helpful to have some written guidance about the steps the service will follow, plus identification of who's involved in leading them. It will also guide those officiating to proceed smoothly.

While there are differences between the more traditional Catholic services and the more liberal modern practices embraced by many parishes, all use the same general format.

For suggestions for music to include during various parts of the service, along with lyrics and a link to a performance, see Religious Funeral Songs.

ORDER OF SERVICE

[Enter the complete named of the deceased, with place and date of the service if that information isn't included elsewhere.]

Officiated by [insert the name of the priest or priests or other service leader]

Pallbearers include [insert their names and relationship to the deceased]

OPENING RITES

Entrance Hymn
[Insert lyrics here]

Priest: The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading
[One reading from the Old Testament, commonly Ecclesiastes 3:1-11, Isaiah 40:1-11, lines from the Book of Job such as 19:1.23-27a, or lines from the Book of Wisdom such as 3:1-9, 4:7-15]

Priest: This is the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm

[May be either sung or read. Insert lyrics if participation is encouraged -- or insert names of performers if other than the choir, along with their relationship to the deceased.]

Second Reading

[One reading from the New Testament, commonly Romans 8:1-11 or Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43]

Priest: This is the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

[Commonly Mark 15:33-16:6]

COMMUNION RITE

Gifts to be presented by [include names and their relationship to the deceased].

Priest: Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Savior gave us.

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Priest: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all turmoil as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours—now and forever.

Communion Hymn

[Insert words if participation is encouraged.]

WORDS OF REMEMBRANCE

By [include the names of those involved and their relationship to the deceased. They can present a brief statement of remembrance or eulogy of the deceased. For help with writing and delivering a meaningful eulogy, along with sample written and spoken eulogies, see Funeral and Memorial Eulogies.]

CONCLUDING RITES

All: Receive [his or her] soul and present [him or her] to God the most high.

Concluding Hymn

[Insert words if participation is encouraged.]

Those attending are invited to share in a meal celebrating the life of the deceased at [insert address].