Yesterday, in a local Episcopal Church I attended the funeral of a lady who had passed away in her 80s after a short battle with cancer. She was a lovely lady, full of life and fun, she left instructions about her funeral and the hymns she wanted so the service was exactly how she wanted it.
Today I was singing at the funeral mass of a priest who has been resident in our parish for the last 20 years. He came to us as a retired priest to assist in the parish and until his health started to fail he was very active in the parish. He was a very well respected priest, over the years he held many positions including teaching at seminary and when Bl John Paul II visited Glasgow and said Mass in Bellahouston Park he was appointed as the MC. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Arch Bishop Tartaglia and amongst the 40+ priests concelebrating the brother of the priest was there. It was a beautiful funeral, very well attended and a fitting tribute to a wonderful man.
May they both rest in peace.
It occurred to me today that, although a fitting tribute and a lovely service, I felt there was something missing from yesterday's funeral. And not just that it wasn't Mass, there was something I couldn't quite put my finger on that made it feel....incomplete I suppose. Today after the funeral I didn't have the same feelings at all, and infact was discussing with others how lovely a funeral it had been and it really hit me the difference I felt between the two.
Just my general musings I suppose, but has anyone felt the same when attending a funeral at a church of another denomination?