On-line version ISSN 1609-9982
Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.31 n.1 Pretoria 2010
North-West University, School of Ecclesiastical Studies, Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, Potchefstroom, South Africa
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.
Keywords: Liturgy; culture; funeral service; reformed churches of African origin; burial
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Received: 24 Nov. 2009
Accepted: 03 Aug. 2010
Published: 01 Oct. 2010