According to the funeral rites of the Church, the appropriate place and time for eulogies is the Vigil service, which is normally held at the funeral home, the evening prior to the Funeral. They may also be given at the cemetery or during the funeral luncheon. Eulogies are not appropriate during the Funeral Mass.
In cases where it is not possible to have the eulogy at the vigil service, it may take place in the narthex before the Funeral Mass begins, with the following guidelines:
- Only one person may speak.
- The length of the eulogy may not exceed five minutes.
- The eulogy is to be typed out.
- It must be submitted to the liturgist or pastor the evening prior to the Funeral Mass.
Use of Pre-Recorded Music:
The playing of pre-recorded music (CD’s, tapes, DVD’s etc.) may take place during the visitation, at the Vigil, or at the Committal Service. Pre-recorded music is not permitted during Mass.
Use of Secular or Popular Music:
Secular or popular music can sometimes be meaningful, and may be included at the Vigil or during the Committal Service. It may not be included at the Funeral Mass.
If there will be military honors taking place outside the church or cemetery, it is important to alert the presider and person planning the liturgy so that necessary arrangements can be made.
If the casket comes to the church draped in a flag, the flag is removed before the liturgy begins and then put back on the coffin after the pall has been removed at the end of the liturgy.
provides funeral luncheons on-site for a limited number of people, and can arrange for larger groups off-campus. Please contact Terry McKown
, 419-475-4348, ext. 112, for more information.