The entire Ordinary Form Funeral Mass from music to the art of celebrating the Mass by Fr. Paul Scalia for his father, Justice Antonin Scalia is truly to be commended. His demeanor throughout the liturgy was stunning not only in terms of his style, but his composure, his ability to celebrate with so many and of high office in Church and State and the normal grieving that any priest has when celebrating the funeral for his parent. I am sure priests throughout the country were praying for him.
However, the homily and I mean homily was simply spectacular and made me proud to be a Catholic who has the Mass with all that Fr. Scalia indicated. But his homily was entirely focused on the person of Jesus Christ. Such a refreshing homily given what we hear at state funerals today and in home parishes!
And thank you to the Scalia family for not allowing any eulogies after Holy Communion. How wonderful!
And now if we can only get Cardinal Wuerl to stop the custom of welcoming people after the Mass has begun and thus completely disturbing the flow of prayer from the Entrance Chant to the Greeting. It was not needed and should be banned, banned I say. But I am only a humble parish priest. But this custom is a disease of many cardinals and bishops. They need to be vaccinated against it!
You can watch the funeral homily by Fr. Scalia by pressing this sentence!