Funeral Rites & Readings contains the rites and prayers: for a Christian funeral which take place before the removal of the remains to the church. It will be helpful not only to the priest, but also to any member of the faithful who may lead the prayers in each situation.
The Order of Christian Funerals encourages the active participation of members of the community in support of the family of the deceased. This book will help all those who support the bereaved.
The prayers included begin with those before death and then provide for all occasions until arrival at the church. The texts for other assistants such as readers are also provided in full, so that friends and family of the deceased can choose suitable readings. The addition of extra, non-liturgical prayers will help the Christian community as it `keeps watch with the family in prayer to the God of mercy and finds strength in Christ’s presence.