Our funeral liturgy focuses on the deceased's resurrected life with Christ. There are two versions of the liturgy for the Burial of the Dead. The Rite I service uses traditional Elizabethan English, while the Rite II service uses more contemporary language. The funeral liturgies can be found starting on page 469 of the Book of Common Prayer.
We believe that baptized Christians share with Christ in his Resurrection and victory over death. This means that the funeral liturgy is an Easter liturgy and is, therefore characterized by joy. 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 Lazarus.
The music selected must be sacred music approved by the Organist and Choirmaster, and at least one of the selected readings must be from the Bible. Eulogies are not typically part of an Episcopal memorial service, although remembrances are allowed at the Redeemer. The Verger of the Redeemer will prepare a bulletin so that the congregation may easily follow the order of service.
At a Funeral, the body (or ashes) is present and at a Memorial Service it is not. The only difference in the service liturgy is the inclusion or exclusion of the prayers over the body.
We also offer a permanent resting place for ashes in our Memorial Garden. For more information about the repose of ashes, please click here.
To inquire about planning a Memorial Service, Funeral or Burial, please contact the Verger, Suzy Westcott or 617-566-7679 ext. 150. As Verger, Suzy coordinates all special services at the Redeemer.