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Is it permissible to have a funeral without a Mass?

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Yes. While a funeral Mass is preferred, a funeral liturgy outside Mass is permitted. The rite may be used for various reasons:

  • when the funeral Mass is not permitted, namely, on solemnities of obligation, on Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum, and on the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and the Easter Season;
  • when in some places or circumstances it is not possible to celebrate the funeral Mass before the committal (for example, if a priest is not available);
  • when for pastoral reasons the parish priest (pastor) and the family decide
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