Absolutions of the Dead

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The service in the RC Church formerly said after the Requiem Mass before the body was taken from the church. It consisted of prayers for the departed soul and sprinkling with holy water (aspersing) and censing of the body. In 1969 it was replaced by a final commendation, which includes a short address, aspersing and censing of the body, a collect, and a chant.

Subjects: Christianity.

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