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Randy Richmond wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Should we bless and make the Sign of the Cross over a non-Catholic's dead body at the wake and funeral?


  { Should we bless and make the Sign of the Cross over a non-Catholic's body at a wake or funeral? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Randy —

Good question.

Only a priest or deacon can officially bless a person in a public capacity. To bless, in the manner of a cleric, could invite confusion or scandal.

If you want to inconspicuously make a small Sign of the Cross on the forehead, that is fine.


Randy replied:

Thanks, Eric!

  • I understand, but what about making the Sign of the Cross after viewing the body in the same way we make the Sign of the Cross before and after our prayers?


Mary Ann replied:

Randy —

That is fine, and to be encouraged. Never hesitate to Cross yourself in public!

Mary Ann

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