Verbum et Ecclesia
versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982
LETSOSA, Rantoa. Liturgical aspects of funeral services in Reformed Churches of African origin. Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2010, vol.31, n.1, pp.1-6. ISSN 2074-7705. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.361.
How can the Reformed Churches of African origin arrive at a Biblical and contextual liturgy for their funeral services? Liturgy in death situations teaches people the meaning of death, and to the African, a proper funeral service or burial is a sign of respect to the deceased. Guidelines are given on how funeral services may be conducted so that they can help focus on the resurrection of the body, and the new life waiting ahead, rather than on ancestral veneration. These guidelines comprise a liturgy for mourning and funeral service, especially that at the graveside. This article is liturgical and does not intend to be dogmatic in its research.
Palavras-chave : Liturgy; culture; funeral service; reformed churches of African origin; burial.