RE -- Life and Death (Christian funerals and how they reflect beliefs about the afterlife)

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  • RE -- Life and Death (Christian funerals and how they reflect beliefs about the afterlife)
    • Before death, a priest says last rites (prayers and forgiveness of sins)
      • Some Christians believe only soul goes on so cremation OK
        • Some believe burial is better as Day of Judgment
        • A funeral usually takes place in a place of worship
          • Coffin placed near the altar table as a symbol of God's presence
            • priest reads "I am the resurrection and the life" reminder of eternal life
              • Requiem mass (prayers said for soul)
                • Hymns are said to thank God for persons life + to remind about afterlife
                  • Flowers are displayed as a symbol of new life in heaven
    • candles are often lit as a symbol that Jesus is the "light of the world" because he guides a path to heaven
    • Communion / Eucharist (bread and wine) might be taken during the funeral service and sometimes when the last rites are read
    • Bible Readings
      • John 11:25-26 (Jesus said when raised Lazarus)
    • Hymns (Psalm 23 -- Lord is my Shepard)
    • "We commit this body to the ground, ashes to ashes, dust to dust"
      • Reminder that we are all human, and will perish

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