Day 229: Christian Funerals (1680-1690)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we give you praise and glory and thank you. Thank you for bringing us to this day. Thank you for walking with us and leading us, by the guidance of your Church, through what we believe, through how we worship. Thank you for showing us the ways in which you want to be part of our lives. You want to transform our lives through your sacraments. And you do transform our lives through your sacraments. We come into contact with you and you come into contact with us through your sacraments. Thank you for your Holy Spirit that makes actual what Jesus made possible. We thank you for this moment, we thank you for this opportunity today to learn about what every one of us will encounter in death. We ask you to please, help us to have minds and hearts that are open to participating in the funerals of those in our parishes, those in our families, those who are dear to us. And help us to understand the significance of life, the significance of death, the significance of eternal life, and how the funeral plays into all of that. We make this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen”