Funeral Sermons and Ceremonies

At the Universal Life Church, we have many funeral ceremonies and sermons for your use. We also have a wide selection through the ULC Church store.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Funeral Ceremonies

Bell, Book And Candle Ceremony
The Bell, Book, and Candle ceremony is an ancient ritual of the Roman Catholic Church, no longer in common use. It has been adapted by other denominations for various circumstances. It has been modified from the original to honor persons whose lives have reflected spirituality and doing the will of God without being deeply religious.

When the Captain of a Navy ship departs, the ship’s bell is rung. We ring the bell to honor ________’s departure from the vessel God loaned him to navigate this Earth.

We close the Book of God’s Word to acknowledge that ______ no longer needs to read it because he is hearing it directly in the presence of God.

We blow out the candle to signify that _______ no longer needs it because he is forever in the light of God’s glory.

Sola Deo Gloria (To God alone be the glory)

Rev. David J. Gripka, DD, ULC

dgripka@yahoo. com


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