Are cremation remains permitted at a funeral Mass?

Can the cremated remains be in the church during a funeral Mass for the deceased?

According to the USCCB the presence of cremation remains at a funeral Mass is at the discretion of the local bishop [emphasis added]:

When cremation takes place before the Funeral Mass, **and **the diocesan bishop permits the presence of cremated remains at the Funeral Mass, the Appendix provides adapted texts for the Sprinkling with Holy Water, the Dismissal for use at the Funeral Mass (or the Funeral Liturgy outside Mass), and the Committal of Cremated Remains. The introduction provides further specific details about how the funeral rites are adapted.

  • January 2012 Newsletter of the Committee on Divine Worship
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