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. 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 temporarily 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.
For information on Funeral Service and Burial please read our Funeral Planning Guidlines.
One of the greatest gift you can give your family is to pre-plan your final service. You can start this planning with our Funeral Planning Form. The Dean is available at anytime to answer your question in this effort. Once completed, be sure to provide St. Peter's a copy of your wishes.
The Memorial Garden provides a consecrated, reverent, and maintained place for the interment or scattering of cremains (Common Columbarium) for St. Peter's Cathedral members and their families.