There's something really bugging here that I do not understand.
After the Palm Sunday Service, we are prayed on the prayer of the dead.Its a funeral. In fact, the prayer is called "Al Ginaza" (the Funeral).
The priest today explained it (again!) "We will pray on you the prayer of the departed, so if anyone passes away during Holy Week, we just bury them so we can focus on the passion of Christ during this week".
OK.. so they prayed on us the prayer of the dead. They prayed on us this prayer of the dead last year.. is there a need to pray it again on us again the year after???
In fact, is there a reason to even bring our coffins in to Church to pray on it? We just had loads of funeral prayers prayed on us during our lifetime. The day we DO die, we've already gone through the funeral prayers. Why do it again??
For example: a priest or a bishop who has died at an old age, say 90 years of age - what's the point of praying on him the prayer of the departed AGAIN during his funeral? He's already had it prayed on him 90 times during his lifetime through the Passion Week Process.