The Death and Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ give a positive meaning to the Christian death. He links faith in the resurrection to his own Person: “I am the Resurrection and the life (Jn 11:25).

Saint Paul proclaimed that saying: “if we have died with Him, we will also live with Him (2 Tim 2:11). And the Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes it: “We firmly believe, and hence we hope that, just as Christ is truly risen from the dead and lives forever, so after death the righteous will live forever with the risen Christ and he will raise them up on the last day. Our resurrection, like his own, will be the work of the Most Holy Trinity” (CCC 989). Accordingly, the Christian vision of death receives funeral.jpgprivileged expression in the liturgy of the Church: “Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven (Roman Missal, Preface of Christian Death I). “It is Jesus himself who, on the last day, will raise up those who have believed in Him, who have eaten his Holy Body and drunk his Precious Blood” (Maronite Liturgy, Ginnaz).

Thus, when we lose a loved one, the sadness of death should give way in to the joyful hope of Resurrection and our celebration of a person's life should reflect our conviction that in Jesus Christ we have the eternal life beyond earthly life. Although our loss is irreplaceable, yet it is important that we turn to our Hope and Faith as well as to our community for support. Our Lady of Lebanon Church wishes to offer you that support in your time of grief.


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