Liturgical Norms for the Celebration of Catholic Funeral Rites
Diocese of Orange
July 1, 2015
Dear brothers in the Lord,
It is my blessed opportunity to approve and promulgate the Liturgical Norms for the Celebration
of Catholic Funeral Rites within the Diocese of Orange. The “three stations of the Sacred Liturgy”
surrounding the death of a Catholic Christian offers an opportunity for the Church to provide hope
and solace during what can be a difficult and tumultuous time for the bereaved family and friends.
Our experience also reminds us that this sacred time of the journey into Eternal Life is a time when
those who are far from their Faith can find their way “home”. This is a great blessing but a great
responsibility that the Lord entrusts to each one of us.
These liturgical norms reflect the application and integration of the Order of Christian Funerals
and the provisions of Canon Law to the particular circumstances of this local Church. I am grateful to
the Pastoral Life Committee of the Priests Council, the Diocesan Liturgical Commission and the Office
for Worship who dedicated much time and effort to this project in this past year. So many of us –as
priests and pastoral workers— are very intimately involved in the journey of this life to eternal life: we
live closely with those entrusted to our pastoral care in our common faith as enunciated in the
Eucharistic Prayer Preface One for the Mass for the Dead that states “Life is changed but not ended.”
These liturgical norms became effective January 1, 2015, the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of
God. It is my hope that these Norms and Policy will assist all involved in the pastoral care, planning
and celebration of the Funeral liturgies.
Fraternally and gratefully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, J.C.D., D.D.
Bishop of Orange
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