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St.Mark's
Episcopal Church

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If you are on this page because you are thinking of a burial service or a memorial service at St. Mark's, thank you for looking us up. We are so sorry that you would have to go through this poignant moment in your life. 

 

Burial services and memorial services can be a really difficult subject f0r some people to discuss, and you may be going through a really tough time. You may be having a hard time remembering how to put on your shoes, let alone what to do about a burial. 

 

It is also very helpful for you to contact clergy as soon as it appears that someone is dying, in addition to your contacting a funeral home. Clergy might be able help the funeral home coordinate with the parish, before your visit to the funeral home. And, if you can, please try to avoid having a service on a Monday.


The next step for contacting the clergy would be for you to call the parish office to begin the conversation about a potential burial service or a potential memorial service, as soon as possible. Leave a message, even if someone is not there.


In the meantime, you might consider reviewing the scriptures used in burial services and memorial services, which can be found: Here

 

The Prayer Book reminds us that:


"The liturgy of the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all its 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."


 

"Open to God's love, serving our neighbor"