This rite is the conclusion of the funeral. It is the community’s final act in caring for the body of its deceased member. The Rite of Committal should be celebrated at the place of committal – that is, at the grave, mausoleum crypt, or cremation columbarium – and should include the actual act of committal. The Lord himself has made the grave a sign of hope that promises resurrection.
The presider of the Funeral Liturgy ordinarily conducts the Rite of Committal. When it is not possible for the presider to conduct it, another priest or a permanent deacon may be asked to preside at the Rite of Committal. In the absence of a priest or deacon, a suitable parish minister should lead those present in the Rite of Committal. The Rite of Committal may, and should, reflect and adapt the customs and language of the family heritage of the deceased.
Military services and certain fraternal rites are also permissible in the cemetery. These other services should be arranged in advance with the local priest and coordinated in such a way that they do not disrupt or detract from the integrity of the liturgical service.