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 Rector of the Congregation.

— Book of Common Prayer

funeralThe liturgy for 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 up deep sorrow when we are parted by death. Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend Lazarus. 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. (BCP p. 507)

When a person is near death, the Rector or priest should be notified, whenever possible, in order that the ministrations of the Church may be provided: anointing and prayers at the time of death.

Please review our guidelines for Funerals at St Peter’s for information on services and to begin to make arrangements.

We at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church are ready to serve you and your family at the time of a death. Our hope is to offer you the comfort and care that was central to our Lord’s ministry on earth, and the certainty that the Peace of the Lord shall always be with us, even in the moments of our greatest sorrows.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their souls, and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.