Remembering, Celebrating, and Giving Thanks for a Life
In the Episcopal Church, a memorial service is a celebration of the Resurrection. The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the knowledge 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. (Romans 8:39)
The service also embraces the grief that we feel. The same love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when death comes. Jesus wept at the grave of his friend Lazarus. So while we rejoice at our loved one’s entrance into God’s kingdom, we grieve their passing among us and with other who mourn.
Because the memorial service is first and foremost an act of Christian worship, it is subject to the same standards as the weekly liturgies of St. Timothy’s. The clergy in charge will be the final authority for any special requests. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has an opportunity to be present.
On occasion clergy are called to a Funeral home to officiate a memorial service or to the cemetery for the Committal of the body to the ground. The Committal can take part either before or after the memorial service.
To plan the details of your loved one’s memorial service, please contact Pastor Anne at the parish office. It is customary to pay the organist or pianist as well as to give a donation to the altar guild and parish life committee and to the Rector’s discretionary fund. All monies given to the Rector’s discretionary fund go to help the needy.
St. Timothy’s Columbarium
“Loving and gracious God, we pray to you for those we love, but see no longer: grant them your peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and, in your loving wisdom and almighty power, work in them the good purpose of your perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
From the earliest times Christians have desired to be interred on the holy ground of churches and cathedrals. The first Christian altars often held the remains of venerated saints and mystics. There is comfort in the face of things we do not understand to know that the earthly remains of loved one and even oneself are in a place dedicated to God and the proclamation of God’s eternal kingdom.
St. Timothy’s Columbarium is the final resting place for the ashes of a number of parishioners and their families. Located in the court yard it is a place of quiet reflection and prayer. People often visit the Columbarium to leave flowers or to sit in quiet. The cost for a niche is $1,000.00 which includes the face stone. Monies gathered from the sales of niches go to the upkeep of this beautiful gathering place. For more information, contact Pastor Anne at the parish office and arrange for an appointment to tour the Columbarium and to learn more about it.