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Table of ContentsPart II, Article 11. The Minister of BaptismPart II, Article 13. Necessary Selection and Adequate FormationEndnotes

Part II, Article 12. Leading the Celebration at Funerals

In the present circumstances of growing dechristianization and of abandonment of religious practice, death and the time of obsequies can be one of the most opportune pastoral moments in which the ordained minister can meet with the non-practicing members of the faithful.

It is thus desirable that Priests and Deacons, even at some sacrifice to themselves, should preside personally at funeral rites in accordance with local custom, so as to pray for the dead and be close to their families, thus availing of an opportunity for appropriate evangelization.

The non-ordained faithful may lead the ecclesiastical obsequies provided that there is a true absence of sacred ministers and that they adhere to the prescribed liturgical norms. [111] Those so deputed should be well prepared both doctrinally and liturgically.

Table of ContentsPart II, Article 11. The Minister of BaptismPart II, Article 13. Necessary Selection and Adequate FormationEndnotes

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