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Burial Services

In earliest Christianity, actual burial practices followed the customs of Judaism with the exception that (because of the resurrection of Jesus) a more positive note was introduced in the funeral service. Greater care was taken for the body due to the conception of it as the “temple of the [[Holy Spirit]].” With persecution and martyrdom, Christian burial practices gave greater emphasis symbolically, liturgically, and spiritually to those who witness (marturion) to their faith with their lives.