Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Catholic Funerals

Here's a great article that explains the significance of a Catholic funeral mass and the correct way it should be performed, including some interesting tidbits regarding cremation.

The Catholic  funeral mass can be found in writings as early as the 4th century:

"St. Augustine made references to the Eucharist being offered at the last solemn rites of his mother, St. Monica, in 387.  

St. Gregory of Nyssa also gave a detailed description of the funeral liturgy, complete with Eucharistic offering, of his sister, St. Macrina the Younger, in 379. "

Clearly, the Eucharist was a central aspect of Christian life and death in the early Church.


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