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Inicjacja chrześcijańska w liturgii pogrzebu
Christian initiation in the liturgy of funeral

Author(s): Jacek Nowak SAC
Subject(s): Pastoral Theology
Published by: Wyższe Seminarium Duchowne w Łodzi
Keywords: Christian initiation; funeral; paschal candle; water; baptistery; grave; common priesthood; Eucharist; liturgical vestment

Summary/Abstract: The article “Christian initiation in the liturgy of funeral” shows the connection of promises,which man receives in the first sacraments, with their fulfilment in the moment of biological death.Hope takes the first place here. The element which connects both poles of human life is also water usedin the liturgy of baptism and funeral. Paschal candle – the symbol of resurrected Christ also accompaniesthese celebrations. The source and the peak of the sacrificial feast shows fulfilling the pastoralfunction of Christ during the earthly liturgy and its full realization at the moment of death, becauseit means sacrificing life. Taking from patristic thought, we can also detect some similarity betweenbaptistery and a grave. As a consequence, the colour of liturgical vestment during the funeral should be white, because it refers to the white robe from the sacrament of baptism. In the conclusion we aregiven the juxtaposition of biblical texts, which are identical, and which appear during the funeral,baptism and confirmation.

  • Issue Year: 26/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 189-199
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish