Christian

Overview

20.1% of the local Chinese population are Christian, of which they are almost entirely of the Latin Rite; 67% of them are Protestant and 33% are Catholic.

Western Christian (Latin Rite), Catholic/Protestant Branches

[Mar Thoma Syrian Church]


Order

There are various cultural groups within Singapore Christians, with specific orders of service that must be both understood, respected and supported.

English Evangelical:

The basis of this group is the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

  • Diocese of Singapore
  • Brethren Gospel Chapels
  • The Methodist Church in Singapore
  • The Salvation Army
  • Assemblies of God of Singapore
  • Church of God, Cleveland, TN
  • Singapore Baptist Convention
  • Seventh-Day Adventist Conference Singapore
  • Nondenominational: Church of Singapore, Christian Nationals’ Evangelism Commission, Neo-Charismatic Churches (Jesus Movement), Independent Churches

Scottish Evangelical:

The basis of the group is the 1645 Directory of Public Worship.

  • Presbyterian Church in Singapore
  • Bible-Presbyterian Churches
  • Churches of Christ

German Evangelical:

  • Lutheran Church in Singapore

Scandinavian Evangelical:

  • The Evangelical Free Church of Singapore

French Catholic:

  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore (The Episcopal See of Singapore)
  • Blessed Sacrament Church (Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar)
  • St. Pius X Priory, District House, Singapore (Society of Saint Pius X) [Excommunicated]

Italian Catholic:

  • Church of St Alphonsus (Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer)
  • Church of St Mary of the Angels (Order of Friars Minor)

Spanish Catholic:

  • Church of Sts Peter and Paul (Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel)
  • Church of St Ignatius (Society of Jesus)

Structure

A Christian universal in terms or design is the distinction between the back area where the people gathered stay (Nave) and the front area which the ministers conduct the service from (Chancel), as far as possible, facing Eastward. The layout of the front area must follow either of the following formats:

Seats placed beside a Table, flushed to the backdrop, with an altar Cross or Crucifix and occasionally Two Candles, a Bible, or both.

Seats, flushed to the backdrop, occasionally with a Cross or Crucifix on the backdrop, behind a table, occasionally with an altar Cross, Two Candles, a Bible, or any combination of the three.

Seats placed on an elevated Platform, occasionally with a Cross or Crucifix on the backdrop.
Then, the casket, the picture, or both, of the deceased person is to be placed between the back area and the front area, with his feet facig the front, if he was a layperson, or feet facing the back, if he was clergy. Frequently, if a tent is used, it should cover the front area as well as the casket.

This set up contains significant meaning in the Christian religion. The Table or Platform is the holiest part of the space, where the worship of the people are concentrated. The Cross or Crucifix represents the presence of God in his Divinity (Cross) or Divinity and Humanity (Crucifix) in the space. The Bible and Candles represent the incarnation and resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ.


Procedure

Policy for Funerals in the Archdiocese of Singapore

  1. As a principle the funeral is normally arranged at the parish of the deceased.
  2. The parish of the deceased is determined by the parish that he/she normally had been attending for their Masses and liturgical services.
  3. Before arranging a time or day of funeral and cremation, do contact the parish concerned to determine the availability of a priest.
  4. In the event that the parish that was contacted is not the parish of the deceased, it would be the duty of the secretary to forward the information to the relevant parish and inform the families concerned.
  5. The parish secretary will assist in sourcing a priest of the parish or another priest for the families to conduct the funeral rites.
  6. For all other logistics in relation to the funeral day and rites, it will then be directed to the parish that will be conducting the funeral.
  7. In the case of dispute, the territorial parish will assume responsibility for the funeral.
  8. If the parish venue is not available, the parish should arrange for an alternative venue.
  9. In exceptional cases, the Mass for the funeral can be held at the venue of the wake.

Senate Communications – August 2018

Funerals
Masses During Funeral Wakes
Masses during funeral wakes are not allowed. (Senate Minutes, Nov 2016)

Funeral Arrangements in the Parishes
In exceptional cases, funeral Masses are permitted outside the church (e.g. in a wake hall or in a void deck where the wake is held) when the church itself is not available (e.g. when occupied by Sunday Mass). (Senate Minutes, Jun 2018)

Funeral Mass on Sundays (Discretion)
The prohibition of ritual Masses on Sundays does not necessarily preclude the celebration of some rites, including funeral rites. Funeral Masses are allowed on Sundays according to liturgical norms as published in the Ordo, but the details of the implementation are left to the discretion of the parish priest, who will formulate the policy for the parish. (Senate Minutes, Sep 2018)

Funeral Rite at the Crematorium
Each parish is to make its own policy as to whether priests are to go to the crematorium to perform the last rites. (Senate Minutes, Aug 2018)

Funeral Wakes for Priests
All funeral wakes of priests should be held in the church premises. (Senate Minutes, Jan 2018


Aesthetic

Catholic Backdrops

  • Blessed Sacrament
  • Christ the King
  • Divine Mercy of Jesus
  • Holy Spirit
  • Holy Trinity
  • Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Resurrection of Jesus
  • Transfiguration of Jesus
  • True Cross

Supplementary Decorations

  • Holy Family
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Our Lady of Peace
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Our Lady, Queen of Angels
  • Our Lady, Star of the Sea
  • St Alphonsus Liguori
  • St Anne
  • St Anthony of Padua
  • St Bernadette Soubirous
  • St Francis of Assisi
  • St Francis Xavier
  • St Ignatius of Loyola
  • St Joseph
  • St Laurent Imbert
  • St Michael
  • St Stephen
  • St Therese of Lisieux
  • St Vincent de Paul
  • Sts Peter and Paul