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Offline AllanUK

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Re: consecrated/unconsecrated cemetery sections - a simple explanation
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 10 October 20 11:26 BST (UK) »
Many thanks Boo. I have looked at this before and what I have found in the past wasn't very clear in the explanations.

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Re: consecrated/unconsecrated cemetery sections - a simple explanation
« Reply #10 on: Saturday 10 October 20 12:20 BST (UK) »
Unfortunately, it all sounds very illogical to me! Exactly how did the person doing the blessing define the area which he (I assume it was a “he” in those days) was blessing and how did he stop that blessing from spilling out onto the areas he was not intending to bless?

I assume those prepared to be buried in the uncosecrated ground wouldn’t have been bothered (or words to that effect!).

When ground is consecrated as well as blessing the ground or indeed the church building the vicar, or priest walks round it sprinkling holy water on the ground or floor it is this that defines the area consecrated.
With Catholic funerals the priest also sprinkles holy water on the coffin at the time of the Requiem Mass.
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