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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]
There are various cultural groups within Singapore Christians, with specific orders of service that must be both understood, respected and supported.
Evangelical Reformed English Denominations:
Rooted in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
- Plymouth Brethren
Evangelical Reformed Scottish Denominations:
Rooted in the 1645 Westminster Standards.
- Restoration Movement
Evangelical Reformed Dutch Denominations:
Rooted in the Three Forms of Unity
- Evangelical Reformed
Evangelical Lutheran German Denominations:
Evangelical Lutheran Scandinavian Denominations:
- Evangelical Free
The Roman Catholic Episcopal See:
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore
Roman Catholic Mendicant Religious Orders:
- Order of Friars Minor
- Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
Roman Catholic Clerics Regular Religious Orders:
- Society of Jesus
Roman Catholic Religious Congregations:
- Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
- Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and of the Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar
Roman Catholic Associations of the Faithful
- Society of Saint Pius X [Excommunicate]
A Christian universal, in terms of 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), which is, 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 pointed to the front, if he was a layperson, or feet pointed to 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, both of which are important themes in a funeral setting. The direction of the casket also signifies either the loyalty of the layperson to Christ in his willingness to continue adoring Him even in death or the loyalty of the clergyman to Christ in his willingness to continue facing his congregation as a role model even in death.
Funeral Guide and Policy
Policy for Funerals in the Archdiocese of Singapore
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
- 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
- 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
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