Original Research

Liturgical aspects of funeral services in Reformed Churches of African origin

Rantoa Letsosa
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 31, No 1 | a361 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v31i1.361 | © 2010 Rantoa Letsosa | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 November 2009 | Published: 01 October 2010

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Rantoa Letsosa, NWU, South Africa

Abstract

How can the Reformed Churches of African origin arrive at a Biblical and contextual liturgy for their funeral services? Liturgy in death situations teaches people the meaning of death, and to the African, a proper funeral service or burial is a sign of respect to the deceased. Guidelines are given on how funeral services may be conducted so that they can help focus on the resurrection of the body, and the new life waiting ahead, rather than on ancestral veneration. These guidelines comprise a liturgy for mourning and funeral service, especially that at the graveside. This article is liturgical and does not intend to be dogmatic in its research.

Keywords

Liturgy; culture; funeral service; reformed churches of African origin; burial

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