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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.31 no.1 Pretoria  2010 



Liturgical aspects of funeral services in Reformed Churches of African origin



Rantoa Letsosa

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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Rantoa Letsosa
PO Box 20679
Noordbrug 2522
South Africa

Received: 24 Nov. 2009
Accepted: 03 Aug. 2010
Published: 01 Oct. 2010

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