Eulogies are not permitted during the Funeral Mass. The Order of Christian Funerals states:
“A brief homily based on the readings is always given after the gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given after the readings at the vigil service; but there is never to be a eulogy.” [OCF, #27].
The purpose of the Funeral Mass is to “offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of life” and to celebrate Christ’s victory over death. It is NOT about celebrating the life of the deceased. Thus the Church states that the homilist:
“ . . . should also help the members of the assembly to understand that the mystery of God’s love and the mystery of Jesus’ victorious death and resurrection were present in the life and death of the deceased and that these mysteries are active in their own lives as well. Through the homily members of the family and community should receive consolation and strength to face the death of one of their members with a hope nourished by the saving word of God.” [OCF, 27].
We encourage families who wish to have a eulogy to do so we when the Vigil Service is celebrated at the funeral home or at the graveside or at the reception after the cemetery. This allows many family members to speak about the deceased and they are not restricted for time or content.