Detroit-area burial services ‘a grace and an act of hope’ in Christ’s resurrection, Archbishop Vigneron says at Holy Sepulchre
SOUTHFIELD — There is something both permanent and temporary about cemeteries.
Cemeteries provide a holy ground where people bury their loved ones; a final resting place on earth. But as God showed in Christ’s tomb, the rest is not a final rest.
Preaching before those gathered at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield on Nov. 2, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said even the hallowed grounds of a cemetery are not the final stop in the faithful’s journey toward God.
“While everyone requires the service of cemeteries and funeral directors, we know that this cemetery is only a temporary place,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “We are not oppressed to come here to pray, because we know it is from this place at the end of time a great miracle will occur.”
The All Souls Day service at Holy Sepulchre joined services at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown Township and St. Joseph Cemetery in Monroe, each of which concluded with a special committal service for the cremated remains brought by families to the three cemeteries as part of Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services’ Gather Them Home campaign.
“As we have this final committal of these ashes, I acknowledge for some, that this is a long extension of a funeral for your beloved,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “While it is painful to mourn the loss of a loved one, it is a grace and an act of hope in the power of Jesus Christ and the resurrection to come and bury them here today. It is my hope that you find comfort and consolation in prayer through the power of Jesus Christ.”
Archbishop Vigneron said All Souls Day is an opportunity to acknowledge that the departed are not gone, but rather wait for the Second Coming of Christ, with whom they will be reunited in heaven.