I came across this interesting quotation in the next Grove Worship booklet, which is about preaching at funerals. There is a prize of a free copy of the booklet for the first person in comments who can identify the somewhat surprising source!
(I have doctored one or two words to prevent the source being too easily identified…)
A brief sermon based on the readings is always given after the gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service…Attentive to the grief of those present, the preacher should dwell on God’s compassionate love and on the paschal mystery of the Lord, as proclaimed in the Scripture readings. The preacher should also help the members of the assembly to understand that the mystery of God’s love and the mystery of Jesus’ victorious death and resurrection were present in the life and death of the deceased and that these mysteries are active in their own lives as well. Through the sermon, members of the family and community should receive consolation and strength to face the death of one of their members with a hope nourished by the saving word of God.
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