“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 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.
– The Book of Common Prayer, 1979
The first step is to notify the church at 409-832-3405.
The next step is to choose a funeral home and a place of final interment. It is important to have the list of days and times that St. Mark’s Church and the clergy are available before meeting with the funeral home.
By custom, most funerals are held late morning or in the afternoon Monday-Friday. The exact time will be coordinated with the funeral home and the parish’s schedules. Other times can be accommodated, though Sunday funerals are not normally permitted.
A member of St. Mark’s clergy will be happy to accompany you to the funeral home as you make arrangements.