The funeral pall is a large white drape that is placed over the casket at the very beginning of the funeral service.
It is a reminder of the baptism of the deceased person, and the priest says a prayer during the unfolding and the placing of the pall recalling that the baptism of the deceased person marked him / her as partaking in the life and death of Christ. The priest uses holy baptismal water as part of the ritual.
The funeral pall may be placed by unfolded and placed by two members of the funeral home staff. If you prefer, two to six family members (sons, daughters, godchildren or grandchildren) or friends may be chosen to unfold and place this funeral pall.
The funeral home staff and the priest will help you to know what to do and when to do it. This is a way of including special people in the funeral liturgy in a special way.
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