Lord Jesus Christ, by your death you took away the sting of death: Grant to us, your servants, so to follow in faith where you have led the way, that we may at length fall asleep peacefully in you and wake up in your likeness; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.
from The Book of Common Prayer, “Burial of the Dead, Rite II,” p. 504
When death is imminent, it is important to notify the office or the clergy directly as soon as possible. Even if someone’s final moments on this earth may be uncertain, the clergy should be called so that comfort, prayers, and other rites can be arranged. Priests and lay people at St. John’s are always ready to visit or offer Holy Communion at home for anyone who is too sick to come to church.
St. John’s uses the funeral services found in The Book of Common Prayer – Rite I, p. 469, or Rite II, p. 491. For more information about funeral planning at St. John’s, click here.
Do not hesitate to contact the clergy at any time with any questions about our funeral services.
Clergy in the Episcopal Church are required to instruct “all persons to make wills, while they are in health.” In addition to other kinds of advance directives, it is also helpful to plan one’s own funeral or the funeral of a loved one in advance. Family members and friends often find comfort in knowing that someone we love has thought about death and considered how she or he would like to be remembered. Please contact the office or the clergy if you or someone you know would like to discuss any of these matters.