A funeral vigil is an opportunity, sometimes involving a formal ritual, to spend time with the body of the deceased before burial or other disposition. Viewings and wakes are examples of funeral vigils.Continue Reading
Perhaps as long ago as the Paleolithic period, mourners sat with dead bodies prior to burial. In some cultures, this was to protect the body from predation. In others it was to watch the spirit rise and witness for the deceased. In many cultures, the vigil became a point of law, both to prove that the person was dead and to preserve the body, often in situ, as evidence.
In modern society, the funeral vigil is primarily considered a Catholic rite. In “The Vigil: Making Room for God,” H. Richard Rutherford describes the vigil as a “period spent doing something through the night, for example, watching, guarding or praying.” The liturgies of the Word of God and of the Hours form the basis of Catholic funeral vigils.
The formal funeral vigil is similar to a wake, essentially a party (perhaps held in a bar with the coffined body present) held the night before a funeral to celebrate the life of the deceased. Viewings of the deceased, whether at a funeral parlor, in a church or in the home, can also be considered funeral vigils.Learn more about Christianity
Some hints that Jesus and Mary Magdalene married include that Mary Magdalene went to Jesus' tomb to wash and prepare him for burial and that several Gnostic gospels reference and discuss Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdalene. In Biblical times, no woman washed and anointed a man's body if she was not the man's wife, which lends credibility to the possibility that Mary Magdalene married Jesus.Full Answer >
Believer's baptism occurs when an authorized Baptist minister immerses, or dips, the candidate in water, symbolizing the death and burial of Christ. Rising out of the water represents the candidate's belief in the resurrection of Christ.Full Answer >
To plan a candlelight vigil, a person must determine where the vigil will be held, what time it will be held and who to invite. It is common for the vigil to be held at the locale of the deceased death, or in their favorite place.Full Answer >
To make a budget for a funeral, account for funeral costs such as embalming, burial costs such as a grave plot, and additional costs such as flowers. Keep a list of the cost of each aspect of the funeral in order to keep track of funds and calculate the total cost.Full Answer >