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Rite of Christian Burial

The liturgy for the departed 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 nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Although most of us are keenly aware of our mortality, we often put off thinking about and preparing for our death and burial; thus, we frequently leave the important task of preparing funeral arrangements to our loved ones. A thoughtful gift we can give to our friends and family is to plan ahead and make our own arrangements. Please see our:

   Funerals & Memorial Services Planning Brochure (coming soon)  You may also speak with the rector at any time to make advance arrangements.

If you are seeking to make arrangements for a loved one; firstly, our sincere condolences for your loss. Although these occasions are intended to be joyful Easter liturgies, the very love we have for each other brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Grief is not unchristian, and if you wish to speak with the rector about your relationship to the departed, in addition to plans and arrangements for their service, he welcomes you to reach out to him for an appointment.

Please email the Rector today to inquire about funerals or memorial services at St. John's.

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