“The 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.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 507)
If you would like to inquire about a funeral to be hosted at St. Mark’s, please be in touch with the church office to arrange an appointment with one of our clergy.
In the meantime, the following may provide some helpful guidance.
Guidelines for Burial at St. Mark’s
The clergy of St. Mark’s will officiate at funerals or memorial services in the church, in our chapel, at funeral homes, or at the graveside. Services in the church are preferred and recommended. The Book of Common Prayer includes both Rite I and Rite II services, which may or may not include a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
The burial will be according to the Book of Common Prayer.
With respect to music during the service, the St. Mark’s organist must either play or give permission to other musicians to play for the service.
The music chosen for the service must be appropriate to worship.
The organist’s fee for funerals is $250.
There is a $100 building use fee for the sexton.
The clergy do not charge a fee for funerals.
Any eulogies, other than the clergy’s homily, are permitted only at the discretion of the clergy.
Only one flower arrangement is permitted in the sanctuary, and we recommend the church’s florist, Ben White Florist.
Any other flower arrangements must be placed either in the Narthex or in the Parish Hall.
Receptions following the service may be arranged for in our Parish Hall.
Reading suggestions for Burial from The Book of Common Prayer:
From the Old Testament:
Isaiah 25:6-9 (He will swallow up death for ever)
Isaiah 61:1-3 (To comfort those who mourn)
Lamentations 3:22-26,31-33 (The Lord is good to those who wait for him)
Wisdom 3:1-5,9 (The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God)
Job 19:21-27a (I know that my Redeemer lives)
From the New Testament:
Romans 8:14-19,34-35,37-39 (The glory that shall be revealed)
1 Corinthians 15:20-26,35-38,42-44,53-58 (The imperishable body)
2 Corinthians 4:16–5:9 (Things that are unseen are eternal)
1 John 3:1-2 (We shall be like him)
Revelation 7:9-17 (God will wipe away every tear)
Revelation 21:2-7 (Behold, I make all things new)
From The Gospel: