A Christian Funeral: Giving Honor to Christ

“What excuse shall we have if we richly adorn the body which is destined to be consumed by decay and worms, while we ignore Christ who is thirsty as He goes about, naked and friendless?  Let us cease, then, from this senseless,  exaggerated care of the dead.  Let us bury the departed in such a way as to be of benefit both to ourselves and to them to the glory of God.  Let us make payment in their behalf of generous alms; let us send with them the best traveling expenses.  If, in truth, the memory of illustrious men who have died has been of benefit to the living …, almsgiving is of still greater benefit.”  (St. John Chrysostom, COMMENTARY ON ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST, p 444)