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Roman Catholic Funeral Liturgy And Human Finitude: Empirical Explorations Of Life, Death And Afterlife In Connection With Liturgical Memory

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This chapter answers to the main question: what attitudes towards mortality are encountered among present-day participants in funeral rites, and how do they influence their attitudes towards liturgical commemoration? To answer the question the first section deals with ecclesiastic funeral rites and the role of memory in these. The next section analyses people's attitudes towards mortality when they are faced with the death of a significant other. Third section reports on the empirical study of participants in funeral rites in the Netherlands with a view to the main research question. The fourth section contains some conclusions and a brief discussion. Further research is needed to determine what this transformation of interpretations of finitude in fact entail, and what liturgical forms and interpretations of funeral liturgy could accommodate it.

Keywords: ecclesiastic funeral rites; funeral liturgy; human finitude; liturgical memory; Netherlands



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