I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.
Whoever has faith in me shall have life, even though he die.
And everyone who has life, and has committed himself to me in faith,
shall not die for ever.
Book of Common Prayer, page 491
Planning for a funeral--whether making decisions in advance for your own service, or planning a service for a loved one who has died--begins with the Dean. Our clergy and staff will guide you through the process, providing suggestions for lessons and music and other concerns. It is important to begin the process with the priest.
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 Dean. You may call the Cathedral office at 251.438.1822. If death occurs at a time when the office is closed, please leave a message, and your call will be returned.
FUNERALS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES
We recommend that funerals be scheduled between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on a weekday (Monday-Friday), and no later than 3 pm. Funerals may also be scheduled on Saturday mornings if there is no conflict that day. We are not able to conduct funerals on Sundays.
Some people like to make selections in advance for their own funerals and keep them on file at the church. It can be a great comfort to family members and other loved ones to know your wishes for your service. To retain a copy of your plans, please contact Carolyn Jeffers in the Cathedral Office.
The Burial Office from the Book of Common Prayer is used, and may include Communion as you wish. There is a Rite One service (BCP page 469) which uses more traditional language, and a Rite Two service (BCP page 491) using more contemporary language. (Here is a link to the Book of Common Prayer On-Line.) These are the Scripture Reading for Rite I from the King James version of The Bible. These are the Scripture Reading for Rite II from the New Revised Standard Version of The Bible. Here is a list that may be helpful for your planning including selections of hymns from our Hymnal.
Flowers for the funeral are contracted by the family. Please call the Cathedral office at 251.438.1822 for guidelines and details.
A Columbarium is planned along the south side of the Cathedral. If you would like information on the columbarium, please contact Brenda Stanton, Financial Secretary.
PLANNED GIVING AND MEMORIAL GIFTS
Just as we know that those who have died still support us in our earthly journey as "a great cloud of witnesses," so the gifts given in their memory and through their legacy continue to support our ministries, generation after generation.
THE LEGACY SOCIETY
Including Christ Church Cathedral in your estate plans helps ensure that the ministries of your church are strengthened and supported for generations to come. It is important to remember that providing a legacy for this church is not limited to those who are wealthy. Many tools and methods can accomplish the goal of providing for the church following your death. Please read more about the Legacy Society and planned giving here.
Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Church Cathedral dedicated to our endowment fund or specific designated ministries. You may wish to suggest Christ Church Cathedral as a recipient for those who choose to make a gift in your or a loved one's memory.
Brenda Stanton, Financial Secretary // 251.438.1822 // email