The Burial of the Dead
It is true, as the Prayer Book says, that "the liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds its meaning in the resurrection." The Prayer Book also reminds us that "the very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death." The liturgy itself includes these words: "All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia."
Other instruction from the Prayer Book:
- The death of a member of the Church should be reported as soon as possible to, 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 opportunity to be present.
- The coffin is to be closed before the service, and it remains closed thereafter. It is appropriate that it be covered with a pall or other suitable covering.
- 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.
At Saint Mark's the clergy are prepared to engage in close consultation for the planning of funerals or memorial services. Please do not hesitate to contact the clergy at the news of the death of a loved one.
Within the church proper, beneath the two organ cases at the west end of the church, behind locked wooden doors are the Columbaria of the church, wherein the ashes of the dead, encased in urns, may be put as a final resting place. Space is available in the Columbarium; please contact the Parish Office for more information.