What the tradition teaches and say about the life after death:
Jesus died and accepted his suffering on the cross for us so that we could all live happier lives. Jesus saved us all, Because of this Catholics believe he opened the gate of to heaven for us. ‘ Christ offered himself for our salvation’.( Luke 22:19) Then he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them saying “This is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Christians believe that we cannot say for sure what happens after death.
Some Christians say that our physical body dies when we die, however we are given a spiritual body as a replacement. So when the body dies the soul lives on and is reunited with God.
When a person dies the body of that person is washed, dressed and then laid in a coffin. In most cases your coffin is left open so that your loved ones can morn and pray for you and your soul, and try to help you enter the gates of heaven. Most people tech that if you were a nice, good and pure person you will go to heaven. However if you were bad and lived a evil life full of sin you will be rejected and punished in hell. Some people that have lived bad lives repent and accept Gods forgiveness spent their time Purgatory. In Purgatory they pay for all their wrong doings and this then prepares them for heaven.
After death our souls and body separate, the body then comes corrupt while the soul goes up to meet the judgment of God. It then is reconnected to the body at the time of the return of the lord. You will then live a everlasting life with God, which begins right after you die. Christ is the judge of this, however this particular judgement will be confirmed in the final judgement. God will then decide if you will live a happy everlasting life in heaven which is the state of supreme and definitive happiness. This is where you will get to see God face to face, or enter into the damnation of hell. The only way you will go to hell is if you die in mortal sin though your own free choice. “ depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41). We are all aloud to choose freely if we want to live a happy life with God in heaven or to be separated from him forever in hell, because God gave us the gift of free choice. So in a way it is up to us as people to make the choice of our own afterlife.
How do believers express their understanding:
Funeral rites are there so that the family and friends of the person that has died don’t stop believing and reminds them not to forget about God and their faith in the resurrection of the dead, it also provides hope, love and support. There are three main celebrations with funeral rites, they are the vigil, the funeral liturgy and the rite of committal.
The vigil involves scripture reading, rosary, intercessions, the our father, concluding prayers and blessings. This can take place in the home of the person that has died, the church or in a suitable room that is able to fit all the deceased family and fiends. On the evening before the funeral is when this takes place.
The funeral liturgy is the day after the vigil. It is a mass celebrating the life of the person who has died, but sometimes the funeral liturgy can be separate from the mass. The mass is in a parish church and is where everyone gathers to give thanks and praise to God for Christ win over sin and death. The mass is broken up in different parts. It starts off with the welcoming of the coffin, often carried by the men closes to the deceased. Then the large Easter candle is placed beside the coffin as a sign of God being there. After as a sign of Baptism a white clothe is placed over the coffin. Other things like the Bible, cross or something b=very important to the deceased is also placed by the coffin. The coffin is then sprinkled with holy water and prays are said. The priest then reads the word...
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