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Why Popes Are Buried In 3 Coffins

The Roman Catholic Church is one of the Churches in the whole world that has a strong tradition, laid down rules on how things are done and organization of things, especially when it comes to how the Popes should be buried.

It is not possible for any Roman Catholic Church, anywhere in the world to go against these rules, that’s why Catholics find it easy to adapt in anywhere there is a Roman Catholic Church, because they already know the pattern the church would take in the celebration of their masses.

On the burial of a Pope, the Catholics have about 3 coffins that all Popes are being buried with.

As the Emeritus Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Holy Catholic Church, the three coffin ritual outlined for the burial of Popes will be followed, as specified in the Funeral Rites of the Roman Pontiff.

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Three Coffins Used For The Internment Of A Pope

The three coffins used for the internment of a Pope are as follows:

A Cypress Coffin: The mortal remains of the Holy Father are placed inside this coffin. A copy of the program from the funeral Mass is placed in the innermost coffin made of cypress, as are bags of silver, gold, and copper coins. The number of coins in each bag equals the number of years of the papacy. The simple wooden coffin made of cypress signifies he is an ordinary human being like everyone else. The coffin is sealed and wrapped with three silk ribbons before being placed in a lead casket. The picture below is the cypress coffin.

Cypress Coffin

A Cypress Coffin

A lead casket: The lead casket, which is soldered shut, is engraved with the pope’s name and dates of his papacy, as well as a skull and crossbones. The lead coffin is more durable and the Pope’s name and the years of his pontificate are engraved on it. Important documents he issued are also placed in this coffin. The lead coffin will in turn be placed in an elm coffin and interred under a marble slab.

A lead casket

 lead casket

The lead casket For Popes

An Elm Casket: Finally, the lead casket is placed in an elm coffin which is nailed shut with golden nails, the elm coffin is meant to indicate the Pope’s dignity, since elm is a rare and precious wood in the area of Italy.

An Elm Casket

Elm Casket

Elm Casket For Popes

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