Sprinkling at Funeral Masses?

Question: 

Why do people use water at Funeral Masses to sprinkle the casket? When is this done during the service?

--Wondering in Waterville

Answer: 

The sprinkling with holy water at the beginning of the Funeral Mass reminds us of our baptism and that the person who has died entered into the life-giving waters of baptism and the life of the church. If there is no sprinkling of holy water at the beginning of the Funeral Mass, and not done for a good reason, it can be done either at the Preparation of the Gifts or during the "Song of Farewell" at the end of the Funeral Mass.

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