Saturday, February 27, 2010

Catholic Culture: What a Catafalque Looks Like

Of course there are many different designs, styles and candle arrangements.  In this example it is for a deceased priest.

A catafalque is simply a temporary pall-covered coffin-shaped structure used at Requiem Masses celebrated after burial (or sometimes for eminent persons to hold the remains in funerals). 

1 comment:

  1. The Catafalque is a beautiful symbol in our Catholic Faith. It reminds us of the sorrow or loss of a loved one who is now in the hands of Christ. Often nowadays coffins are rolled in on gurneys resembling a sterile hospital environment. I would like to see more use of the Catafalque and a better education to lay people on its' rich symbolism.