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Details You Should Expect When Arranging A Christian Memorial Service

When a Christian dies, it is believed to be the end of their life on earth, and the beginning of another life, either in heaven or hell. When a believer dies, friends and family normally hold a Christian funeral service, to celebrate the life the person lived while on earth. The prayers can either be held in a church or in a crematorium.

Choose a church and a minister who will preside over the prayers. If the deceased was a member of a particular church, then that would be the first place to make inquiries. Find out if the church is willing to be involved in the burial process. If the deceased was not a member of any church, then ask for recommendations from the funeral home or friends and family on which church and minister to approach to officiate the ceremony.

The ceremony usually begins by the minister welcoming attendees and giving a sermon. Scripture readings can be done by a close friend or family of the deceased. The main aim of the sermon is to celebrate the life of the deceased and to encourage the bereaved.

Special songs and poems can be performed. Organize this with the presenters beforehand. Also, allow time for a eulogy to be given by a close friend or family member. This is to provide an overview of the life of the deceased. Having the most recent photo of the deceased during the ceremony is advisable.

The minister will then proceed to say prayers. Prayers of thanksgiving for the life of the deceased and for strength for his surviving friends and relatives are said. A final hymn can be sung and attendees given a moment for reflection.

Before the end of the Christian funeral service, make any required announcements. This is to give further guidance to the attendees about the next part of the program. You can let them know where the final resting place of the deceased will be. Prayers of final committal are made at the graveside as the coffin is lowered into the grave.


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