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About the Author

Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin served in sacramental ministry in the Diocese of Syracuse. A prolific writer on pastoral care and spirituality concerns, wrote more than fifty books and traveled more than two million miles lecturing in the United States and abroad. He died in January of 2008.

Peter A. Jarret, C.S.C., is superior and rector of Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; Revised edition (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594712832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594712838
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph M. Champlin's "Through Death to Life" is a great grace to those responsible for celebrating Funeral liturgies.

Many families desire and are prepared to take an active and conscious role in a funeral liturgy. I have found and I believe they also that Champlain's resource is very user friendly. Selections of the many options that families have made contribute to a liturgy that celebrates the mystery of death and resurrection.

In one calendar year we have had as many as 70 funerals. I do not know of a better resource than "Through Death to Life" to help families give thanks God for the particular life that has come to its fulfillment.

Yes, I highly recommend this great grace.

Rev. Cris Janson
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By Nowplaylkr on November 1, 2014
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It's hard to say love it about something dealing with death, but this an excellent book for Catholics who need to prepare for a funeral Mass. I am actually using it to plan my own funeral Mass so my children will not have the burden about wondering what Mom would want. I worked for 30 years as a church musician and liturgist and I used these books to help many people. Now I am doing the job for myself. I remember so many family members coming in at a time of sorrow trying to plan the Mass for Mom or Dad or husband, I believe in planning ahead, my children will have enough to deal with without trying to pick out Bible readings and music.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is assisting families with Catholic funeral Mass planning. It is inexpensive and offers the complete selection of collects, antiphons, and (to me) MOST important the recommended lectionary readings. The cost of the book is low enough that it can be given to the bereaved family to review and study, if necessary and/or convenient without concern for its being returned. I use this book on a regular basis in bereavement ministry.
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By Tig on September 23, 2014
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I wanted a funeral mass, but knew nothing about how to prepare for one. Most of my family are not Catholic so If I died before them they wouldn't know how to do a funeral mass either. This little book is simple to read, pick the readings and prayers. This is a step by step help book that you can leave with your important papers so that your funeral will be as you would like it to be. I found this book helpful and comforting.
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Its hard to say 'I love it' considering it to help with a funeral Mass. But, my sister and I used it to do the funeral Mass for my dad. It was very helpful and gave all the selections of readings and responsorials that we needed. It also provided choices to recommend for children vs adults. I would recommend it.
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This book is very convenient in that it includes all the Scripture selections from which to choose the readings for funeral vigils and Masses, as well as the various prayer options. It is also inexpensive and is much easier to use in working with families than the larger Rite book.
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I use this book for funerals. I loan it to the bereaved family so that they can pick out readings for their loved ones' readings at Mass. It is a valuable, effective tool for helping families participate in funeral liturgies for loved ones.
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