Funerals

Funerals

The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy. It finds all meaning in the resurrection. Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we too, shall be raised.  The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty 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."

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. So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy with those who mourn.As Episcopalians, we believe that faith in Christ Jesus will lead to eternal life with God. BCP, 507. 

Losing a loved one is a difficult time in a person’s life.  No one should face this time alone, and we are here to assist you in these difficult times.  As Episcopalians, our understanding of death and funerals is shaped by the Book of Common Prayer.  When a person is near death, the Minister of the Congregation should be notified, in order that the ministrations of the Church may be provided (page 462).  It is appropriate that the family and friends come together for prayers prior to the funeral (page 465).  Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has opportunity to be present (pages 468 & 490).  The Funeral Service is for us, the living, to celebrate the life of our loved one who has died.   The priest will officiate the service, which may include the reading of scripture from the Book of Common Prayer, hymns, a sermon, and a eulogy by a close friend or family member. If the body is not present for the service, a memorial service will be arranged.

We encourage members to pre-plan for their funeral service.  If you would like to do so, please contact a member of the clergy and together we will explore the options for funerals and burial.  We will keep these records on file at the church.

For more information, contact The Rev. Carol Morehead at

Columbarium

The Columbarium is located in the outer walls of historical St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, beneath the magnificent stained glass windows. Tucker Courtyard and the Plaza facing Pecan St. are beautiful places for meditation and visitation.

Spaces for ashes, appropriately marked with bronze plaques, will commemorate the dead. You may obtain additional information by contacting Ruby Merrill at 210-226-2426 or Susan Wilson at 210-275-9677 or .  

Prices at this time are $550 for an individual space and $450 if the cremated remains of another family member are to be included in the space. This includes urns and bronze plaques.