My great-grandmother died earlier this week and the funeral mass was on Saturday and I had a few issues with what the priest who was celebrating the mass. First off and i’ve never heard of this before, but he said he had to proof read the eulogy my aunt was going to say, which meant she was not allowed to just “wing it” if she so chose. This also prevented anyone from randomly getting up and saying a few words about her life and memories of her. Every catholic funeral mass i’ve been to people have gotten up and said something off the cuff.
Was the priest within his right to make such a request?
One of my great grandmother’s last requests was for the “Ave Maria” to be sung during some time during the mass. It happened that it was sung at the end, during the procession as she was being taken out to the cemetary. Anyhow, come to find out the priest scolded my cousin who sang the song the he told her that, that song can only be sung during the mass at weddings, certain church holidays, ect. but not during a funeral mass.
Was his chastisement correct?
I was incredibly taken aback at the lack of empathy this guy showed my familiy who are very very active in that particular parish and have been attending for 40+ years. So anyway this is my little rant so thank you in advance for all who respond.