I know, I know, we've talked about this before.
I hate celebrations of life for funerals, be it Catholic or Protestant although I really can't complain about the Protestant ones such as the one for Barbara Bush.
I was watching a portion of Former First Lady, Barbara Bush's low Episcopal Celebration of Life kind of funeral.
What a magnificent church and edifice, so Catholic looking in the pre-Vatican II splendor.
But the liturgy is all about Mrs. Bush and the manner in which the liturgy is experienced or communicated, all the way from all kinds of relatives proclaiming a single Scripture reading with the best part if there is strong emotion or crying in doing so.
Then there are the eulogies, one after the other.
But who am I to judge an Episcopal Celebration of Life!
But the triumphalism of the music and celebration would put any pre-Vatican II papal celebration to shame.
When I die, my plans which the diocese has is that the Propers are chanted in Latin borrowed from the EF's Requiem--no gathering hymn please.
The lengthy EF's Offertory antiphon is to be chanted, nothing else.
I will have the EF's Epistle and Gospel in English but with the EF's Gradual and Tract in chanted in Latin as also the Dies Irae. We'll have a booklet with the English translation of the Latin parts.
No Eulogy whatsoever, just a homily on the last four things, death, judgement,heaven and hell and God's Divine Mercy in the face of it all!
The Latin parts of the Mass using the Jubilatio chant.
In addition to the Latin Communion proper, Panis Angelicus will be sung.
I'll have the OF's final Commendation with its proper chant as my mortal remains are incensed. No hymn!
And I will be taken away by flights of angels with the sober Latin Chant "In Paradisum."
Yes, sober, boring and not about me--so me!