The funeral rites celebrated by the Maronite Church are the visible means by which the praying Church accompanies the faithful departed on their final journey to God. Through hymns, readings, and the burning of incense, the Church accompanies the newly departed to the gates of Paradise and assists them through the prayers of the Church. The funeral rites usually begin with at the Funeral Home where a wake service is offered consisting of an ancient hymn and the burning of incense, the following day the Gnizo/Ginnaz or funeral rite takes place at the church, and finally, the rites conclude at the cemetery with another service of hymns and prayers as the body of the newly departed is commended to God and to the earth.

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