Myths & Realities: All Cemeteries Are Blessed Ground

A common misconception people have is that all cemeteries are blessed grounds. While all cemeteries and burial places are meant to be places of reverence, not all cemeteries are blessed ground.

In a unique way, the Catholic Church sets aside in perpetuity and solemnly blesses or “consecrates” the land of Catholic cemeteries and mausoleums.

A Catholic cemetery is considered an extension of the parish church, and like a parish church, is solemnly blessed or “consecrated” by the Bishop. A Catholic cemetery is to be a prayerful place, a permanent memorial for those who have died and a reliquary of saints.

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