St. Johns Parish Church Johns Island SC

Burial Preparations

Burial Preparations in the Anglican Church

Introduction
The burial of a Christian is an occasion of both sorrow and joy—our sorrow in the face of death, and our joy in Jesus’ promise of the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. As the burial liturgy proclaims, “life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.”

Burial at St. John's Church
We at St. John’s Parish Church would like to help you put together a burial service that is both worshipful and celebratory. It is a time to honor the life of one who knew and trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior and to celebrate their entrance into Paradise.
Each of us will die. When we die it falls to members of our family, or to friends, or to distant relatives, or to total strangers to plan our services and burials. If you can possibly make the arrangements before your death, then this will ease some of the pain of your passing and also allow your friends and relatives to honor your wishes. The best way to avoid all this struggle about what should be done is to make your own plans. It is a very thoughtful gift both to your family and to yourself.  You simply leave a form saying, "This is what I prefer."  The burial preparation booklet can be downloaded below.
Planning such things when you are grieving is both hard and time-consuming. The clergy are glad to assist you with this form. When completed, please give the church office one copy, and inform your family that a second copy is with your important papers.
This information will be used by the clergy of St. John’s Parish Church to assist them in the planning of your funeral service. The clergy will make every reasonable effort to honor your wishes; however, this form is a guide for the purpose of identifying preferences only. The clergy of St. John’s Parish Church will use the canons of the Church, the rubrics of the Prayer Book, the liturgical and funeral policies of the Parish, and their own pastoral judgment as to the worship service’s form and content.
The customary Liturgy that is utilized for a burial at St. John’s Parish Church is found in the Book of Common Prayer (2019), (p. 246-266).

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