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Church Bier "Catafalque"
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Birth: unknown
Fannin County
Texas, USA
Death: unknown
Fannin County
Texas, USA

About the center of our cemetery on the left side is a Church Bier. No one knows when it was built. It looks like a brick tomb. As kids, we all heard stories and made up stories about "the tomb". I think it was to keep us from playing on it!!

(Of course it's haunted!! Aren't they all!)

It took one of the Boy Scout Toop Leaders of 611 to say that he really didn't think it was a tomb. But a "holding" area for the casket for the funeral service. To make me "REALLY" look into it. I had thought it was rather odd that someone would have a tomb and no name on it. So I asked Mr. Weldon Fleming. When I mentioned putting a casket on it. He said, I do remember that, I was a kid then, but I do remember that all the funerals were there. A cloth was draped on the concrete slab then the casket was carried to the grave after the service was over.

Some of the older churches in England have Bier Houses to store the caskets of the dead until the funeral.

Church Bier

A bier is a stand on which a corpse, coffin, or casket containing a corpse, is placed to lie in state or to be carried to the grave.

In Christian burial, the bier is often placed in the centre of the nave with candles surrounding it, and remains in place during the funeral.

The bier is a flat frame, traditionally wooden but sometimes of other materials. In antiquity it was often a wooden board on which the dead were placed, covered with a shroud. In modern times, the corpse is rarely carried on the bier without being first placed in a coffin or casket, though the coffin or casket is sometimes kept open.

A bier is often draped with cloth to lend dignity to the funeral service. The modern funeral industry uses a collapsible aluminium bier on wheels, known as a "church truck" to move the coffin to and from the church or funeral home for services.

Biers are generally smaller than the coffin or casket they support for reasons of appearance. As a result, they are not particularly stable, and can tip over unless well centred and undisturbed.

The Carmelite Priory, Mdina, Malta has a colourful bier on display that was used to carry the monks or friars before they were buried without a coffin. - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


A catafalque is a raised bier, soapbox, or similar platform, often movable, that is used to support the casket, coffin, or body of the deceased during a funeral or memorial service. Following a Roman Catholic Requiem Mass, a catafalque may be used to stand in place of the body at the Absolution of the dead. - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 
Virginia Point Cemetery
Fannin County
Texas, USA
Plot: VP map location Block 21
Maintained by: Virginia Point Cemetery ...
Originally Created by: Kimlite
Record added: Aug 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95435064
Church Bier Catafalque
Added by: Kimlite
Church Bier Catafalque
Added by: Kimlite
Church Bier Catafalque
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Added by: Michael L. Ramsey
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