Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Baptism, Funeral Pall and New Life

Having a chance to visit with my elderly aunt the other day was as always a treat. She was asking me about the cloth covering the casket during the Catholic funeral. It seemed like I remembered this had to do with baptism. Later I found that to be correct. The white cloth is reminiscent of the white baptismal gown or garment. Just as the person is welcomed into the Church community as a new Christian in baptism, the deceased is now entering a new life in the resurrection of Christ.

This white cloth is called a pall. It is a sign of our resurrection and hope for a new life with Christ.


Karinann said...

A+ for remembering your catechism! The picture is beautiful. Spending time with our elderly relatives can be a treat. I have a 100 year old grandfather whose mind is sharp as a tack! He's got some great stories.
Glad you had a good visit with your aunt.
Hugs and God Bless!

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

LOL sometimes things kick in Karinann. Picture is from an old flower card from when one of us was born, so it has to be over 48 years old. Thanks for visiting. And write those stories down!