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Theland | 18:53 Sat 19th Sep 2020 | Religion & Spirituality
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Do you and your loved ones use churches for christenings, marriages and funerals?

Or do you all go without any ceremonials at all?

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I don' really have any 'loved ones', other than the guy who I think of as my own son. (Long story!). He got married in a registry office. I'll occasionally attend a church wedding but, as an atheist, I feel uncomfortable doing so. (I have no contact with my only cousin on my father's side nowadays but, in the days when I did, I attended his deadly dull very...
19:56 Sat 19th Sep 2020
If invited by other people. Churches are often lovely buildings.
I much prefer a church for all three
Church, every time.
I don't use any church for anthing...some of my relatives do but I am not a christian and therefore wouldn't dream of using a church for anything. Married in a registry office, expect to be cremated (preferably without anyone there) but was christened in a catholic church and my dad had to commit to me being brought up in the church as he was not of that persuasion.... I was under 6months old so had no say in the matter. When I was old enough to make a choice I left religion behind me!
Myself and my loved ones use churches for all of the above, and prior to Covid, I attended Mass every Sunday with my wife.
Yes. The majority of people I know are Catholic.
I go along with the charade..
Nope.
Got married in a registry office.
Didn’t have any of my children christened.
Have left instructions for a no fuss no frills no religion funeral.
Have attended many church weddings, have four god children (all of whose parents know my lack of belief) and attended many religious funerals. Doesn’t bother me going to other people’s religious ceremonies, some are quite nice.
nailit - // I go along with the charade.. //

I have a different view - I appreciate the complete sincerity of the people who attend Mass, even though I don't share their beliefs.

If I felt - as you do - that it was a 'charade', I would not be a hypocrite and i would never step inside a church ever again.
I've never been to a church wedding but I did once go to a christening.
You haven't missed anything, Tiggs, church weddings are boring.
ummmm - // You haven't missed anything, Tiggs, church weddings are boring. //

Mine wasn't - it was a full Nuptial Mass with two priests as celebrants and it lasted over two hours.

I enjoyed every second of it.
Was that a second marriage Andy? I only ask as I wasn't sure a second marriage were allowed a full nuptial mass, mind you I was Methodist brought up
I'm quite partial to the incense used at Catholic funerals and their heating seems better than that of the Prods.
That's because of all the candles Doogie:0)
Heating is always good at cremations :-)
Don't mind a Crem ceremony as long as I can come out :0)
I like to think it's the warm draught as Auld Nick opens the door down there a crack to check on my progress.
I intend having my Wake afore I go mind you
For me, no. But for anyone else I respect their wishes. Best funeral I ever went to was with a funeral celebrant rather than anything religious. It was a cracking good send off.

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