From a reader…
Thank you for all that you do and say, on this blog and beyond. Here is my question:
Since cremation is permitted, what would be the ritual for cremains if the funeral mass were an EF Requiem?
To my mind, there is something strange about one of those jars or boxes on a little table. It doesn’t feel … right. Granted there are special circumstances.
Years ago I met a clever priest who purchased a coffin for the parish precisely so that the “cremains” could be placed inside, covered properly with the pall, etc. The rite goes on as normal.
I suppose the rite would just go as normal for a box on a table, too.
Perhaps a coffin, or a temporary catafalque, will serve?