Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson   Priests have been instructed to stop saying Mass for the dead at crematoriums. They’ve been sent a letter by their bishops saying the order is not rejecting crematoriums but aims to bring people back into churches. Priests will be able to say a short prayer
Charles Cowling
  To Salisbury and the funeral of the mother of two friends. The venue is the cathedral, no less. We get there in good time, but not good enough: the place is almost full and we forage for a seat at the back. Who’s the celeb who died, you ask.
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson  Two seasonal events coming up: the Nine Lessons and Carols is a traditional Christmas Eve ceremony, the most famous and widely broadcast being the service from King’s College, Cambridge; and Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People, is showing for 10 nights in December at London’s
Charles Cowling
    Sources here and here.
Charles Cowling
  In an excellent article in the Christian Century, the Rev Samuel Wells, an American, describes taking a British funeral. There are lessons here for clergy, funeral celebrants and undertakers.  And so it was that I was called to preside at the funeral of Michael. Michael had had a difficult
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Vale I am a celebrant of the tribe of IOCF (lapsed). We have a short creed that describes a Civil Funeral, it goes: A Civil Funeral is driven by the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family, not by the beliefs or ideology of the
Charles Cowling
  Posted by Richard Rawlinson How much emphasis in your funeral do you want to be on a celebration of your past life, and how much on a future life beyond death? Take Our Poll  
Charles Cowling
   Posted by Richard Rawlinson In recent decades the emphasis of funerals has gone from forward-looking to backward-looking. The traditional funeral marked the transition from this life to the future life beyond death. Details of the life of the dead person were less significant than the existence of the immortal soul.
Charles Cowling
  In an article in Saturday’s Times Nick Jowett, Vicar and Minister of St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Anglican-Methodist Church, Sheffield, proposes ways in which the Church might recover some of its lost share of the funeral market, in particular what he terms the ‘nominal Christian’ sector.  He concedes that the Church bears
Charles Cowling
  Lay Eucharistic ministers   Posted by Richard Rawlinson Due to a shortage of priestly vocations in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, Archbishop Patrick Kelly has come up with a solution that’s likely to get a mixed response: lay people presiding over Catholic funerals when priests are not available.   He’s commissioned