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A Funeral at St. James the Fisherman

We at St. James the Fisherman stand ready to assist you in making decisions for a beautiful and meaningful service. With that in mind, all arrangements for the funeral should be made in consultation with the officiating priest. Final decisions regarding the funeral, liturgy, music, and flowers is vested in the Rector of St. James.

In the Episcopal Church, a funeral is a celebration of resurrection. This celebration, depending upon the number of people expected to attend, may be held in the nave (capacity 200) . The final determination of location is made by the Rector after consulting with the various lay ministry teams at the parish.

Baptized Christians are properly buried from the church. The service should be held at a time when the congregation has opportunity to be present. It is difficult for our Altar Guild to prepare for an early funeral on Monday (or early Tuesday on 3-day weekends) because no preparation can be done the day before.

There are provisions in the Book of Common Prayer for the appropriate readings, psalms, and hymns for a funeral service. Please choose those which will make this service the right one for the celebration of the life of the departed and a fitting memorial in the hearts and minds of those who mourn. We have provided these in a folder to be given to the family.

The Prayer Book Service
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church uses the Book of Common Prayer published in 1979 for its services, funerals included. The Holy Eucharist is customarily celebrated at funerals. All baptized Christians present who are able to receive communion in their own Church will be invited to receive Holy Communion.

The Prayer Book Service of The Burial of the Dead takes approximately forty-five minutes to an hour, depending upon the number of people receiving communion.  A sermon is preached at all funerals at St. James the Fisherman’. Considering the solemnity of the occasion, the service cannot and will not be rushed. Eulogies are not part of our funeral liturgy. If families desire eulogies, they may be made by family and
friends at a wake the day before the funeral or at a reception following the funeral.

Participating Clergy
The priest who has helped the family members prepare for the funeral is the appropriate priest to perform the burial rites. If an Episcopal priest other than one from St. james the Fisherman staff is desired to assist (or officiate), the permission and invitation of the Rector is required according to The Canon Law (Title III, Canon 21, Section 5a).

The location of the funeral other than in the parish church changes nothing; non-parochial priests may only function with the permission and
invitation of the Rector of the parish.

Guest clergy (other than Episcopal priests and deacons) are invited from time to time to read the lessons, lead prayers, and/or preach. The Book of Common Prayer, the guidelines of which each priest at his ordination has sworn to uphold, is very specific about who may do what. These guidelines may not be violated in any way.

Music at the Funeral Ceremony
There is a wealth of beautiful and appropriate sacred music that is suitable for use in the context of the Burial of the Dead. We recommend only one hymn be sung and that it be at the preparation of the Altar for the Holy Eucharist. As the funeral is a service of worship designed to involve the entire congregation, the congregational singing of a hymn at the Offertory is our custom

Should any outside choirs or instrumentalists be allowed, they must be contracted and approved by the church’s organist and choirmaster. Music fees will be adjusted in accordance to the complexity of each situation.

Only hymns from the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal or the 1940 Episcopal Hymnal will be acceptable. In the case of choral music, texts must come from the Holy Bible, the Book of Common Prayer or the above mentioned two hymnals.“Hymns referred to in the rubrics of this Book are to be understood as those authorized by this Church. The words of anthems are to be from Holy Scripture, or from this Book, or from texts congruent with them.” (Book of Common Prayer, page 14). The Canons of this Church give the final authority for the music used in
any liturgical setting to the Rector of the parish in which the liturgy occurs. It is ultimately the Rector’s decision made in consultation with the parish staff and the parish customary that will be binding with respect to the propriety of any particular music selection.

Hymns appropriate for the Burial of the Dead:
208 The strife is o’er
314 Humbly I adore Thee
324 Let all mortal flesh keep silence
383 Fairest Lord Jesus
473 Lift high the cross
474 When I survey the wondrous cross
562 Onward, Christian soldiers (not recommended for small funerals)
608 Eternal Father, strong to save
635 If thou but trust in God to guide thee
645 The King of love                                                                                                                                                                                              662 Abide with me
671 Amazing grace!
680 O God, our help in ages past
687 A mighty fortress is our God (not recommended for small funerals)
690 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
691 My faith looks up to thee
694 God be in my head
707 Take my life
708 Savior, like a shepherd lead us

Readings from Scripture
During the service, there will be a reading from the Old Testament, a psalm (read by the congregation as a whole), a reading from the New Testament, and a reading from the Gospel, no more and no less. No other lessons or readings other than those authorized by the Book of Common Prayer in the Rite of the Burial of the Dead may be used. A deacon, priest, or bishop must read the Gospel. Lay Readers
available from the church read from the Old Testament and the New Testament and lead the congregation in the reading of the psalm. If the family would like a family member or friend to read a lesson, please take into careful consideration the emotional state of that person in respect to the deceased. The readings should be done in a dignified and solemn manner with no more than one lector reading each
lesson.

The following readings are those authorized for the service of The Burial of the Dead:
Old Testament:

Isaiah 25:6-9 (He will swallow up death in victory)
Isaiah 61:1-3 (To comfort all that mourn)
Lamentations 3:22-26, 31-33 (The Lord is good unto them that wait for him)
Wisdom 3:1-5, 9 (The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God)
Job 19:21-27a (I know that my Redeemer liveth)

New Testament:
Romans 8:14-19, 34-35, 37-39 (The glory that shall be revealed)
I Corinthians 15:20-26, 35-38, 42-44, 53-58 (Raised in incorruption)
II Corinthians 4:16-5:9 (Things which are not seen are eternal)
I John 3:1-2 (We shall be like him)
Revelation 7:9-17 (God shall wipe away all tears)
Revelation 21:2-7 (Behold, I make all things new)

Psalms:
Psalm 21, Psalm 23, Psalm 27, Psalm 42, Psalm 46, Psalm 90, Psalm 106, Psalm 116, Psalm 121, Psalm 130, Psalm 139.

(Rite I versions of these may be found on pages 471 through 479 of the Book of Common Prayer. Rite II versions of these
are found on pages 585 through 808.)

Gospel:
John 5:24-27 (He that believeth hath everlasting life)
John 6:37-40 (All that the Father giveth me shall come to me)
John 10:11-16 (I am the good shepherd)
John 11:21-27 (I am the resurrection and the life)
John 14:1-6 (In my Father’s house are many mansions)

Flowers at the Service
A casket spray may accompany the casket to and from the church but will be removed and replaced with a funeral pall before entering the
church. Floral sprays and decorations sent by family and friends will not be displayed in the church. These should, more appropriately, be sent to a family member’s home or to the funeral home.  The flowers and candles used in decorating the Church become the property of the
Church and, when the funeral is on a Friday or Saturday, the Altar flowers will be used on Sunday morning. For funerals during the week, the flowers will be used on the other Altars of the Church for daily services.

The color for Altar hangings and clergy vestments is always white for funerals, because 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.

Service Leaflets
It is our policy that service leaflets, if desired, be produced in-house. A photograph may be used in the service leaflet if a photograph of sufficient quality is provided. Digital photographs are required.

Guest Book
St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church does not provide a guest book for congregation members to sign. In most cases, this is provided by the funeral home.

The Procession
As for all the services of the Church, all the lay ministers, clergy, and members of the family of the deceased enter in an appropriate liturgical procession from the back of the Church. This will be explained and discussed by the officiating priest in the course of preparations for the funeral.

During the Service Itself                                                                                                                               The congregation stands at the beginning of the procession and is seated after the opening prayer. The congregation will be invited to stand, sit, and kneel as full participants in the service following the rubrics of the Prayer Book, and will be invited to receive communion at the appropriate time and place.

Reserved Seating
Pews will be reserved at the front on the gospel side of the church for pallbearers and on the Epistle side for family members. Please let the priest know ahead of time how many pallbearers there will be and how many family members will be seated in the reserved area.

Cremation
Cremation is an acceptable practice within the Episcopal Church. St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church has a columbarium. Do not have ashes sent to St. James unless a final disposition of these ashes has been arranged with the purchase of a niche in our columbarium.

 

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