Memorials, Funerals & Interments
"You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow." - BCP, Burial Rite II
Our funeral liturgy focuses on the deceased's resurrected life with Christ. There are two versions of the liturgy for the Burial of the Dead. The Rite I service uses traditional Elizabethan English, while the Rite II service uses more contemporary language. The funeral liturgies can be found starting on page 469 of the Book of Common Prayer.
We believe that baptized Christians share with Christ in his Resurrection and victory over death. This means that the funeral liturgy is an Easter liturgy and is therefore characterized by joy. 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 Lazarus.
The music is selected in consultation with the Director of Music, must be sacred in nature, and in keeping with the parish’s tradition. The selected readings must be from the Bible. Eulogies are not typically part of an Episcopal memorial service, although brief remembrances are permitted at the Redeemer. The Verger of the Redeemer will prepare a bulletin so that the congregation may easily follow the order of service.
We also offer a permanent resting place for ashes in our Memorial Garden. Created in 1980, the Memorial Garden is home to the earthly remains of many people. It features a columbarium with family-sized niches as well as small burial plots throughout the garden for the repose of ashes. All plots in the ground have corresponding names on the plaques on the walls. Burial in the Garden provides a serene, personalized location for memorialization and remembrance.
Niches and burial plots are still available and can be reserved in advance. Please contact the Verger for more information.