The Rite of Christian Burial The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal mystery of the death and resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is "away from the body and at home with the Lord."183
For the Christian the day of death inaugurates, at the end of his sacramental life, the fulfillment of his new birth begun at Baptism, the definitive "conformity" to "the image of the Son" conferred by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and participation in the feast of the Kingdom which was anticipated in the Eucharist- even if final purifications are still necessary for him in order to be clothed with the nuptial garment. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1681-1682) St. John the Baptist celebrates the mystery of our Salvation through Jesus Christ in the Mass of Christian Burial. If you wish to plan the funeral of a loved one here at St. John's, please contact the parish office.
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