Funeral: The Burial of the Dead

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian. The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn. The death of a member of the Church or a family member of a church member should be reported as soon as possible and arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with, the Minister of the Congregation. Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has the opportunity to be present. If necessary, or if desired, all or part of the service of Committal may be said in the church. If preferred, the Committal service may take place before the service in the church. It may also be used prior to cremation. A priest normally presides at the service and presides at the Eucharist and pronounce the Commendation. For more details on The Burial of the Dead, so the Book of Common Prayers page 468. If you want to pre-plan your funeral services, please complete the “Funeral Pre- Planning” form. If you and your family are interested in cremation and having your ashes buried in St. Paul’s Memorial Garden, please complete the “Policy for Burial of Ashes in the Memorial Garden” form.